Chapter 1: An introduction to grief

What is grief?

Right after she died, I remember being at a red light and thinking, ‘How is it that the streetlights are working, and the restaurants are open? Everything just needs to stop for a while.’

When he died, my heart broke into a million little pieces. It’s back together now but the scars will always be there.

Grief is a normal human response to loss that isn’t well understood. Click on the arrows below to reveal facts about grief.

Your feelings may surprise you and might not fit with your previous experience of grief. Grief can feel like it’s taking up your entire life. Or you may be waiting for grief to “hit” you. You may be grieving for the past - and unable to imagine a future without this person in your life.