Loss is an inevitable part of life and grief is the natural part of the healing process. The reasons for grief are many such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of health, or the letting go of a long-held dream, such as a marriage.

Different Kinds of Loss

Feelings of loss are very personal, and only you know what is significant to you. People commonly associate certain losses with strong feelings of grief.

These can include:

  • Loss of a close friend
  • Death of a partner
  • Death of a classmate or colleague
  • Serious illness of a loved one
  • Relationship breakup
  • Death of a family member

Subtle or less obvious losses can also cause strong feelings of grief, even though those around you may not know the extent of your feelings. Some examples include:

  • Leaving home
  • Illness/loss of health
  • Death of a pet
  • Change of job
  • Move to a new home
  • Graduation from school
  • Loss of a physical ability
  • Loss of financial security

For the complete article, go to www.cmhc.utexas.edu/griefloss.html