Grief is the physical and emotional reaction people experience to any loss in their lives. It takes many forms and can vary in length from a relatively short time to many many years.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Each person needs to be allowed to grieve in their own particular way.
Physically they may experience sleeplessness, difficulty in sitting still or concentrating and loss of appetite. Emotionally there may be feelings of relief, guilt, anguish, anger, numbness.
A lot of helpful books have been written on coping with grief with plenty of other resources available including support groups and counselling. Don’t be afraid to seek help. See links to websites and a selection of books that provide support and information.
- Ever After Widowed
- Bonnie Babes
- Department of Veteran Affairs
- Beyond Blue
- Sureplan Friendly Society
Death and How to Survive it – Kate Boydell
Widowed Too Soon – Laura Hirsch
Reaching to Heaven – James Van Praagh
Healing Grief – James Van Praagh
A Matter of Life and Death – Rachel Green
Coping with Grief – ABC Australia – McKissock