This refers to an ongoing and natural reaction to loss. This can range between losing a friend, family member, or experiencing a relationship disruption or losing your material possession.
Grief is a part of human existence. However, it can take different forms. This is because as individuals, our response to grief differs. As such, while this process may take a few days with some people, it can span weeks, and sometimes years with others.
Regardless, these forms include:
- Disbelief or shock about changes
- Sadness and longing for the event to return to its previous state
- Anxiety, despair, and worry of dissatisfaction about life
- Difficulty in letting go, starting fresh, and moving on
- Changes in sleeping patterns and diet
In turn, this can lead to a wide range of actions such as compulsive behaviours such as gambling or spending, substance abuse, and other coping mechanisms. Regardless, it is possible to cope with grief through therapy and time.
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