chapter 3

How People React to Grief

Grief reactions encompass all areas

Physical and emotional functioning

Mental, behavioral, and spiritual functioning

Tracking your grief journey

When we first undergo a loss, crisis, or major life event, we can feel confused and disoriented. We’ve just experienced a profound event that has changed our lives in some way. We may feel unable to think clearly or absorb what’s happening. The loss might not make sense. It may take hours, days, weeks, or even months before the change feels “real.”

Grief Reactions

Grief may be experienced and expressed in physical, emotional, mental, behavioral, and spiritual ways. These feelings and reactions often intertwine. They might seem uncomfortable at times, especially ...

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