At some point or another, in everyone’s life, there will be experiences that lead to grief reactions. Losing a loved one or a beloved pet is all too common. There are so many other loss experiences people can experience, such as:
- Loss of a job
- Relationship breakdown or divorce
- Loss of property
- Loss of mobility due to ageing or accident
- Dealing with chronic illness such as cancer, dementia or mental health issues
Everyone grieves in their own way. Your grief is unique to you, and as long as you are not causing harm to yourself or those around you, there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ ways to grieve. It is a common myth that people ‘get over’ grief.
With time, the pain will lessen but the sadness we feel will always be a part of us. It is important to give yourself permission to grieve and to grieve in your own way. People can feel pressured to process grief in a particular way or for a particular length of time.