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FAQ Frequently asked questions
What is loss?
When people think about loss, they often think of the death of a loved one. However, loss can include many other things, such as the loss of your job, relationship, or health.
What is grief?
Grief is the feeling people experience after experiencing loss. It can manifest itself in a number of different ways, such as shock, anger, sadness, or a feeling of isolation, hopelessness or confusion, as you come to terms with your loss.
How can I help someone who is grieving?
You can help someone who is grieving by reminding them you are there for them, listening to what they have to say, and encouraging them to seek professional help if they are unable to manage their grief with the support of their friends and family.
How can I deal with my grief?
You may find it helpful to write your thoughts down in a diary, talking to your family and friends about how you feel, or joining a support group of people in a similar situation.
How do people grieve?
Everyone grieves differently. Some people prefer to grieve in private, others in public. There is no wrong way to grieve, but if you find you are overcome with grief and cannot manage it, it is a good idea to seek professional help.
How do I tell my children about death?
Young people often deal with their grief in different ways to adults. They may look to the adults around them and learn how they should respond. Let them know it is okay to ask questions and give them clear answers.
How do I tell the difference between grief and depression?
It can be difficult to know if you are feeling down due to grief, or if you have depression. Depression can be a result of grief. If your grief does not improve with time, or if you are chronically unhappy, overwhelmed, frustrated …
Do men and women grieve in different ways?
The idea that men and women feel or express their grief differently is a stereotype. Everyone grieves in their own way.
About this article
Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 13 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Loss and grief