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What Is Grief?

Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss or change of any kind. It is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior. Recovery means feeling better.

What Is Grief?

The death of a loved one brings out emotions that can be described as the feeling of reaching out for someone who has always been there, only to find that when we need them one more time, they are no longer there. For a problematic relationship, it can be when you’re reaching out to someone who has never been there for you and still isn’t.


A belief you may have learned and practiced is keeping busy. Keeping busy does not complete relationships. At the end of your busy day, your heart is still broken. Imagine your brain has been filled up with three quarts of molasses. That is pretty much the effect a major loss event can have on your capacity to think, feel, and participate in life.


We are generally not familiar with thoughts and feelings we experience following losses. If you’re reading this website, it means that you’re open to your grief. It also means that you’re open to beginning a process of recovery that will enhance your life rather than limit it.