Grief and Grieving - What Happens
Adjusting to a loss
It can take 2 or more years to
go through a grieving process. The length of time spent grieving depends on
your relationship with the lost person, object, or way of life. Even after 2
years, you may again experience feelings of grief, especially over the loss of your
loved one. Be prepared for this to happen during holidays, birthdays, and other
special events, which typically revive feelings of grief.
grief experts consider grieving to be the slow recovery from a crisis of
attachment: after losing something or someone to whom you are deeply attached,
your sense of self and security is disrupted. So as you adjust to a major loss,
your goal is to develop or strengthen connections with other people,
places, or activities. These new parts of your life are not meant to replace
what you have lost. Instead, they serve to support you as you begin to start a
new phase of your life.