Grief is the emotional pain we feel when something or someone we love is taken away from us. It is a natural response to loss. The depth or intensity of grief is dependent on the meaning to us of the lost person or thing. This is very normal.
While the death of a loved one will likely cause the most intense grief a person may experience, any kind of loss can cause grief such as the end of a relationship, the loss of a job or the death of a family pet.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and no time-frame around how long grief will last. Grieving is a very personal experience, and everyone experiences it differently.
People who are grieving may feel that their lives have been turned upside down, or experience many and varied emotions such as shock, disbelief, numbness, sadness, anger or loneliness. Good self-care is important at this time.