Grief is a powerful, in some cases overpowering feeling for individuals, sometimes originating from the death of a friend or family member or from a severe and deadly diagnosis that themselves or somebody they love has gotten.

This can be very hard for people to handle and one might end up feeling numb and eliminated from day to day existence, incapable of continuing with standard obligations, or in other words, function properly like they did before the dramatic episode happened. They can feel a heavy weight, affecting both their functioning and well being, caused by what has happened to the loved one or themselves. Many people go into periods of sadness, or sometimes depression. The grieving can vary in the time that it lasts, but it can in many cases go on for months.

During the process of grieving one can go through various stages of grief. In many cases this is the process of little by little learning to live without the loved one. 

When it comes to dealing with grief, trying to heal and get through it, there are various things you can do. It's important to face and understand your different feelings and emotions. It could help to a great extent to talk to someone that you feel comfortable with, about how you are feeling and about the difficult process that you are in. Writing down thoughts is also a big help. When in a difficult period it's often easy to focus less on these aspects, but maintaining your physical health, taking care of yourself, doing this that you enjoy, for instance, staying up to date with your hobbies, could also affect the grieving process in a positive manner.


Gharmaz, K., & Milligan, M. J. (2006). Grief. In Handbook of the sociology of emotions (pp. 516-543). Springer, Boston, MA.

Worden, J. W. (2018). Grief counseling and grief therapy: A handbook for the mental health practitioner. springer publishing Company.

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