Grief is a natural response to a loss of something or someone such as a death of a family member or friend, loss of a pet, divorce, retirement, and many other situations. Every person responds to loss differently. Some stages of grief are denial, shock, thoughts of "what if," anger, and finally, acceptance. The grieving process is longer or shorter depending on the person and the circumstance. There is no specific time or way that grief is expressed. Sometimes the healing process is hindered by actions such as avoidance, overworking, or turning to alcohol or drugs. To help with the healing process, time should be given to process and work through the emotions. It may help to find a confidante with whom you can talk things through. Sometimes, a counselor may also be of help. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how grief affects us, the stages of grief, how to cope with loss, and much more.
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Grief: What’s Normal? What Are the Common Stages?
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Grief and Depression
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CNN's Anderson Cooper Copes With Grief
The famous journalist has made a career of tracking grief around the globe while drowning out his own feelings of loss – until Hurricane Katrina.
The Loss Of Parents
Baby boomers seem to think they will live forever. Is it any wonder they're hit hard when their parents die?
Have a Good Cry. The Health Benefits of Tears
Should you hold back your tears? Or are there benefits to crying?
Caregiver Grief Triggers Mixed Emotions
From the initial diagnosis to a loved one's death and beyond, caregivers are faced with a barrage of conflicting feelings. Here's how to cope with them.