What is Grief?
Grief is the emotional suffering we experience when something we care about is taken away. It is a normal human response. Generally, the more significant the loss the more intense the grief. However, there is no right or wrong way to feel grief. While it is a normal human response, it is not the same for all humans. It takes as long as it takes and can be experienced in stages, can feel like waves or feel like you are on a roller-coaster of different emotions. What is important to keep in mind is that the experience of loss is real, painful and emotionally disorganising and that feeling this way does not make you “crazy”.
Is what I am experiencing “normal”?
It can be common to experience;
What doesn’t help?
When to be worried about someone who is grieving
The sadness of losing someone never completely goes away but an improvement should be notable over time. When there is no improvement and perhaps even a worsening of symptoms a visit to a mental health professional should be encouraged immediately. Signs to look out for include;
As the experience of grief is so personal and confusing, it can be difficult to find someone in your social circle to process your feelings surrounding the loss with. This is where a qualified mental health professional or grief counsellor can be of assistance.
Greta Neilsen is a clinical psychologist working in Brisbane at Bowen Hills Psychology. Greta has a special interest in complex mental health conditions and helping people manage strong emotions like grief and loss. For more information see the main page at;
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