Grief & Loss
The Healing Process: Different Losses
Life and loss go hand in hand. We all have many losses in our
lives. Grieving is the process of healing the emotional component of these
losses. Feelings of loss are very personal and you are the only one who
knows what is significant to you. People commonly associate certain losses
with strong feelings of grief.
These can include:
- Death of a partner or spouse.
- Death of a child
- Death of a parent
- Death of a sibling
- Death of a pet
- Death of a friend, colleague, classmate
- Suicide of a loved one
- Serious illness, facing personal death
- Relationship ending breakup, divorce
- Abortion, miscarriage, SIDS
- Collective grief, natural disaster, assassination, etc.
Letting Go With Love: The Grieving Process was the first book to
distinguish different losses. The chart below demonstrates the relative
impact losses have on yourself. Subtle or less obvious losses can also
cause strong feelings of grief, even though those around you may not
consciously be aware of the extent of your feelings.
Some examples include:
- Loss of health through illness, accident
- Facing surgery
- Loss of a physical ability
- Leaving home
- Loss of mental ability
- Job change, getting fired
- Graduation from school
- Loss of financial security