Chapter 1: An introduction to grief
What is grief?
Grief hasn’t ended for me, but it has changed. I think we need to work on making space for people to just be with one another, without trying to fix it or put a timeline on it.
Grief is a normal response to loss that is often misunderstood. Whenever a person loses someone or something that is important to them, they grieve, but not always in the same way. Some losses are more significant than others and have a greater impact on the person who has experienced the loss.
Click on the arrows below to reveal some facts about grief.
Grief doesn’t follow a straight line.
Grief doesn’t have a time limit.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Only the grieving person can decide what is or isn’t helpful for them.
Grief may come and go and vary in intensity.
Grief-related thoughts and feelings can come up months or even years later.
A person’s thoughts and feelings when grieving may be surprising and may not fit with their previous experiences of grief. They may feel that grief is taking up a large part of their life. They may also be grieving for the past and for how things and are maybe worried or wondering about the future.