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Grief may be experienced in response to physical losses, such as death, or in response to symbolic or social losses such as divorce or loss of a job.  The grief experience can be affected by one’s history and support system. Taking care of yourself and accessing the support of friends and family can help you cope with your grief experience.

There is no right way to grieve. It is an individual process and a natural part of life. Life won’t be the same after a loss, but experiencing your grief will allow you to adjust to life after loss.

Grief lasts as long as it takes to adjust to the changes in your life after your loss. It can be for months, or even years. Grief has no timetable; thoughts, emotions, behaviors and other responses may come and go.

Helpful Resources
Supporting Someone Who is Grieving [PDF]
There is no Wrong or Right Way to Grieve After a Loss [PDF]

The Grief Experience
Types of Grief and Loss
What is Grief?
What Does Grief Feel Like?
How Long Does Grief Last?
How Will I Know When I'm Done Grieving?

Grief Support
Supporting Friends or Family Who Are Grieving
Supporting a Grieving Caregiver
When a Child Dies: A Guide for Family and Friends
Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One



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