chapter 1

The State of Grief

Everyone grieves

Grief can be complicated

People grieve differently

Myths that can impede the grieving process

Grief is a complex emotion that’s often not understood, especially if you haven’t experienced it before. Sometimes a person doesn’t know he or she is grieving. For example, we don’t usually associate “grief” with a job loss. Because of this, we might not completely heal because we don’t know we’re hurting in this area. However, unresolved grief is often an unfinished issue in people’s lives. It can underlie anger, acting out, and depression, and it can cause problems in other areas, such as physical health, emotional well-being, job performance, or a romantic relationship.

What Is Grief?

Grief is a ...

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