Grief & Bereavement

The Grief Response

Grief is a response to a significant loss, such as the death of someone close, a beloved pet, or the end of a relationship. Other experiences of loss include children leaving home, infertility, a life-changing injury or moving away from family and friends. If the loss is particularly significant, the grief will be more intense.


The emotions one might feel in the aftermath of a significant loss are many and varied. A bereaved person might feel sad, shocked, angry, numb, anxious, numb, regretful, overwhelmed or isolated. Grief can also affect the way you think, it can affect your ability to concentrate, and your short-term memory. It can also cause you to not sleep well, and to have physical ailments – headaches, upset stomach, aches and pains, for example.

There is no right or wrong way to grieve a loss, but it can be helpful to give yourself time to grieve, to share your grief and to let others support you through this difficult time. Doing so will help you to heal and to accept the loss. You will never forget your loss, but with time you will regain a sense of hope and optimism about the future.


For more information, please see below:
Beyond Blue :
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 46 36
Grief Line – 1300 845 745

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