The loss of a significant relationship or the death of a loved one can trigger grief. For most who grieve, it is some comfort to know that the pain is normal under the circumstances and that others have shared a similar experience and eventually achieved a resolution.
Normal grief reactions include the following questions and statements. "Is there a right way to grieve?" "Why do I feel so out of control?" "I'm so glad it's over. Is that wrong?" "I never knew it would hurt so bad!" "I feel so relieved."
Other normal symptoms of grief are:
These grief responses are all natural and normal after a loss. It is important to reach out and talk with people and to cry when you need to.
While profound grief is not a sign of mental illness, many people who experience it for a prolonged period may benefit from counseling to help work through unresolved issues. If you need assistance call the University Counseling Center at 279-4347.
Death/Trauma Loss Support:
Counseling for Loss and Life Change
Death and Dying Grief Support
Grief and Bereavement
Relationship and Learning Center
Survivors of Loved Ones’ Suicides
First Candle/SIDS Alliance
Center for Loss in Multiple Birth
National SHARE Office
Grief Recovery After A Substance Passing
Surviving the Emotional Trauma of Divorce