Grief is a natural and normal emotion. Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one, whereas grief is a reaction to any form of loss.
Grief is our response to the loss of a loved one or by the loss of something we regard as precious to us. Grief is a normal, natural and inevitable response to loss, and it can affect every part of our life, including our thoughts, behaviours, beliefs, feelings, physical health and our relationships with others.
There is no “right way” to grieve, and no way to predict how long the period of grieving will last – or should last. Adapting to a significant loss can vary dramatically from one person to another, depending on their background and their beliefs. Their relationship to what was lost and other factors may also play a key role.