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Grief and Loss

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is grief?

Grief involves feelings of sadness and suffering after the loss of a loved one. It is a normal and healthy emotional response to a loss.

What are the stages of grief?

What are the signs and symptoms of grief?

The loss and death of a person may cause shock and confusion at first. You may need time to go over and over the events around the death. You may think that mistakes were made, and feel guilty or angry. You may experience any of the following after the death of a loved one:

What can I do to cope with the loss?

The pain of the grief process can be difficult. You may feel angry, sad, or confused. Anything that might remind you of the loss can trigger these feelings. Events, anniversaries of special times, birthdays, and holidays may also bring these emotions. The following may help you cope with the death of a loved one:

How will I know if I am unable to cope with the loss?

You may be having a difficult time with the loss of your loved one if:

Where can I find support and more information?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care?

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