The Experience of Grief

The experience of grief is one that all of us will face at some point in our lives, and is a completely natural and normal response to loss.

Whilst we most commonly associate the loss of a loved one with feelings of grief, other events can cause these same feelings. These can include the loss of employment, a relationship breakdown, loss of a friendship, illness, and the loss of a pet.

One thing to remember when we experience a loss is that it is a deeply personal experience, rarely following a predictable schedule, and presenting unique reactions for each individual. Grief is not a linear process, and most often people experience grief in waves of emotion.

You may encounter a range of emotions as a result of grief and may experience a number of the following:

  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt or remorse
  • Anger or irritability
  • Frustration
  • Numbness or shock
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of energy and motivation
  • Ambivalence

It is important to remember that it is normal to experience a range of emotions following a loss, and to be patient with yourself and how grief presents for you.

Whilst feelings associated with grief generally ease in time, seeing a Psychologist can help by assisting you to process your feelings, implement strategies to help you cope with the loss you have experienced, and provide emotional support during a difficult time.