Grief is a natural human response to the deep loss of someone or something important to us. A range of experiences such as the death of a beloved person or pet, a divorce, job loss, a move away from family and friends, or the loss of good health due to illness, can all potentially trigger grief.
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There is no set timeline to the experience and it is often physically and emotionally exhausting. And though there may be similarities, the experience can be vastly different from one person to another. Grief is as unique to each of us as we are to each other.
Please give yourself permission to grieve in your own way and find support that is right for you, on
your own timeline.
You may or may not know what you need. You can try asking yourself a few questions.
- Are you ok?
- Is this the first time you've dealt with a significant loss?
- Would it be helpful to speak to someone outside of your family or friends?
You can revisit these questions as often as you need and use the answers as a guide to action. You may need time to yourself. You may have past experience with loss and grief and pull upon learnings from that time. You may decide it's time to reach out to someone, a therapist or a grief support group for example, for support. Support is available to you, whenever you're ready.