There is no right or wrong way to grieve and there is no set time limit to grieving. When we lose someone or something important to us, it can significantly impact all parts of life.

We are often faced with having to revise and re-learn our sense of self, identity, and understanding of the world. This process can be challenging and takes time. It can be even harder if the circumstances of the loss were unexpected, or traumatic.

Grief and loss can impact people on many levels:

  • Physically - Many people report a sharp pain or tightness in the chest or stomach area
  • Emotionally - You might find yourself feeling a wide range of feelings, which can change from moment to moment
  • Mentally - You might find yourself trying hard to make sense of things, not believing it or having troubling thoughts
  • Behaviour – Your behaviour may change, including not being able to eat, sleep or concentrate.

During these times it’s important to ask for support. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk to someone who is not a family member or friend. Reach out to one of the counsellors at Lifeline.

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