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Loss, Grief, Mourning and Bereavement

Loss is the disappearance of something cherished. Bereavement is the state of being deprived of something. Grief is the normal response to a loss. Mourning refers to the outward expression of grief. This section includes information, resources and coping strategies to help those grieving a loss or a significant life changing event.
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Types of Loss Experienced in a Lifetime
There are numerous types of losses that a person may experience during a lifetime. There are many losses that occur during the dying and the grieving or bereavement processes. This article explores the many different types of losses.
Got Grief or Depression?
This article written for National Depression Screening Day offers some helpful resource for determining if what you might be feeling is grief or depression.
Normal Grief Response
Grief is the normal response to loss. A grieving person may experience many dimensions of a normal grief response--physical, behavioral, emotional, social and spiritual. This article looks at the normal response to grief.
Expanded Definition of Grief
Expanded definition of grief explores some of the more lengthy definitions for grief--the normal response to loss. This page is part of the more extensive article on the Normal Response to Grief.
Loss and Grief - Myths and Realities
People in Western society are socialized to regard certain beliefs and attitudes about what makes up a normal grief response, many of which are inaccurate and untrue. These common misconceptions and myths have become part of our cultural beliefs of the grieving process. We are raised with incorrect information that ultimately leads to unrealistic expectations of those going through the grief process.
Symptoms of Grief
This article explores many of the common reactions to a grief response which can include physical, emotional, behavioral or psychological, social and even spiritual changes. This page is part of the more extensive article on the Normal Response to Grief.
How to Handle the Holiday Blues
Several years ago watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special, for the umpteenth time, I realized that his mood may have been something more. Charlie Brown could be experiencing a case of the holiday blues, grief following the death of a loved one, depression or seasonal affect disorder, or be stressed about the season. This article explores some of the possible responses to having a Charlie Brown Christmas.
Normal Reactions to Loss
From AARP's (Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons) section on Grief and Loss comes a brief informative, online article that looks at the normal immediate and later adjustments that people may experience after experiencing a loss.
Facing Sudden Loss
From the Hospice Foundation of America, a link to an online article written by Judy Tatelbaum, MSW about the challenges of facing a sudden loss. The article can also be downloaded as a PDF File. She provides several ways to help heal yourself based on information she has learned from many people who have suffering a sudden loss.
Reactions to Sudden or Traumatic Loss
From AARP's (American Association of Retired Persons) section on Grief and Loss an informative, online article looking at many of the special issues that survivors of sudden or traumatic loss may face.
Ways of Coping: Creatively Expressing Grief
This article from your Death, Dying and Breavement Guide offers an excellent description of the many creative ways that people have responded to grief. For those dealing with a loss in your life, may you find a creative way of expressing your loss and your grief.
Loss, Grief and Bereavement (PDQ ®) - Online Version
The NCI (National Cancer Institute) has an informative section Loss, Grief and Bereavement as part of their comprehensive cancer information database. This 13 page online resource describes loss, grief and bereavement, the stages of grief and methods for coping with grief. Also included are sections on children, complicated grief and cultural issues relating to grief.
Loss, Grief and Bereavement (PDQ ®) - Printable Version
The NCI's (National Cancer Institute) Loss, Grief and Bereavement printable version. This extensive online resource describes loss, grief and bereavement, the stages of grief and methods for coping with grief. Also included are sections on children, complicated grief and cultural issues relating to grief.

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