Effects of Grief

What is Grief?

The Grief Recovery Handbook uses these two very useful definitions:

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



Grief is universal

Every loss deserves to be honored with grief.

While we most often relate grief to things like death and divorce, grief is caused by many different types of losses. Some examples include:

  • Loss of trust
  • Loss of health
  • Moving
  • Death of a pet
  • Societal unrest
  • and more!

Some events that are celebrations can also be a source of grief - a change from a previous, comfortable pattern:

  • Retirement
  • Graduation
  • Birth of a new child

Grief is cumulative, it piles up.  We need to relieve the pressure from accumulated grief in order to live our freest, most fulfilled life.


Recovery from loss is achieved by a series of small and correct choices made by the griever.

It is my job as the Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, along with the Grief Recovery Handbook, to help you understand those steps and guide you through them.

Reach out today for a free consultation!