chapter 2

Loss

Grieving and loss

Different types of loss

Living with regret

Coping with secondary loss

Recovering from loss

Part of being human is our capacity to love and to bond with people, things, and places. In addition, these connections provide us with identity, ideals, meaning, purpose, goals, dreams, roles, and a sense of security. Some connections can be deep and powerful. When we lose them, we experience grief.

The Relationship Between Grieving and Loss

There are losses that disappoint us; make us sad, angry, ashamed, or resentful; and those where we simply shrug our shoulders and move on. Some losses motivate us to increase our efforts to overcome our problems. Then there are those losses, the most painful of all, which we ...

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