Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one. It is a combination of the emotional pain, suffering and sadness you feel. The pain can seem unbearable and you may feel that you will never get over it. The loss of someone you are close to is the most intense type of grief you can feel. Grief can also be felt in many other situations including a divorce or relationship break up, a miscarriage, the death of a pet, or the diagnosis of a loved one with a serious life threatening illness.
Everyone is different and there is no right or wrong way to act, or feel at these times. Grief is also a very personal thing in how it can affect you, it can depend on your personality and the way you would cope normally in a stressful situation. The period of grief is again personal with some it can take weeks, others months and some people even years to get over it.
Most people go through many emotions at this time pain, anger, guilt, depression and finally there will be acceptance. It can also cause many physical symptoms like fatigue, weight loss or gain, aches and pains as well as insomnia.
Grief can lead to severe depression, and suicidal tendencies.