Grief refers to strong feelings of loss after the death of a loved one.
It is a natural response to loss and can be a complex and personal experience. Grief can manifest in a range of emotions, thoughts, and physical feelings.
It's often more than just sadness and there is no "right" or "wrong" way to grieve.
Grief may include feelings of shock, confusion, disbelief, denial, sadness, depression, anger, irritability, hypersensitivity, numbness, guilt, relief, and even physical symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, and changes in appetite.
These experiences can also vary in intensity and duration, depending on the person and the circumstances surrounding the loss.
Research shows that people typically feel a wide range of emotions, regardless if the death was expected, or if their relationship with the deceased was complicated.
Sometimes, the term grief and "Mourning" are used interchangeably. However, mourning typically refers to the outward expression of loss, whereas grief refers to a person's internal thoughts and feelings.