Grief and Grieving - What Happens
Feeling and expressing grief continued...
Spirituality often is part of the
grieving process. You may find yourself looking for or questioning the higher
purpose of a loss. While you may gain comfort from your religious or spiritual
beliefs, you might also be moved to doubt your beliefs in the face of traumatic
or senseless loss.
Grieving problems. In
this complex and busy world, it can be hard to fully grieve a loss. It is
possible to have
unresolved grief or
complications associated with grieving, particularly
- Had several major losses in a short period of
- Lost someone very important in your life. You may feel
that you will never get over the
loss of someone special.
- Experienced the
unexpected or violent death of a loved one, such as the death of a child or a
death caused by an accident, a homicide, or a suicide.
- Have special
life circumstances that act as
obstacles to grieving, such as having to return to
work too soon after a death.
- Have a history of
Adjusting to a loss
It can take years to
go through a grieving process. Feelings of grief may return during holidays, birthdays, and other
your sense of self and security is disrupted. It may help 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.