Understanding Grief

What is grief?

Grief is a natural and normal response to loss. Everyone grieves in different ways depending on the kind of person you are, the relationship you had with the person who died, the length of time you spent together, and whether the death was sudden or expected. 

What can I expect?

It is helpful to understand a bit more about grief and how it affects you, as many people want reassurance that what they are feeling is normal. After the initial shock, a person can experience a mixture of emotions and may feel angry, irritable, confused, sad or lonely. Everything you feel is part of your own individual grief response. You cannot fully prepare for the impact of grief and loss. Some people describe their grief like waves in the ocean, emotions coming and going, times when we seem to be doing well along with times that we may feel overwhelmed by our loss. 

Related Services

Bereavement Supports

Children’s Bereavement

Walk & Talk

Additional Resources

How to Access Supports