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Grief & Loss

What is Grief?
Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. When you love someone, you inevitably experience pain and grief when that love is lost. Grief is experienced in all major aspects of your life, impacting your thoughts and feelings, your behavior with others, and your physical health. Grief is an ongoing process with many changes over time. It is different and unique for each individual, for each type of loss, and at each point in the grief process. In addition, many different types of loss can trigger grief. Though you may expect to grieve the death of a family member or close friend, other significant losses such as a divorce or breakup of a relationship, moving to a new location, or the death of a pet may also need to be grieved.