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Grief and Loss

"Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. 
It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. 
The only cure for grief is to grieve."
  - Earl Grollman

When it comes to grief and loss, there is no right or wrong way to grieve and no appropriate length of time grieving should take. The process varies from person to person. Emotions and behaviors that may be present during the grieving process include:

  • Relief

  • Denial

  • Anger

  • Bargaining

  • Depression

  • Acceptance 

  • Guilt

  • Isolating/withdrawing from others

  • Loss of or increase in appetite

  • Loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable

  • Remorse /regret 

  • Sadness

  • Tearful 

  • Trouble Concentrating 

  • Difficulty sleeping or wanting to sleep more than normal 

These symptoms are normal reactions to grief, but many of these symptoms can also be signs of depression. If these symptoms persist, a therapist can offer additional support by being present, authentic, and nonjudgmental as you journey through grief in your own unique way. 

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