Grief and Loss

What are Grief and Loss

Grief is typically a natural follow-up response to loss – loss of a loved one, relationship breakdown, pregnancy and infertility, physical incapacitation through disability, loss of income, or lifestyle. Generally, the greater the loss, the greater and more severe feelings of grief.

Everyone manages through grief and loss in their own ways. For example, whilst it may be easier for some to feel comfortable talking about their experiences with others, others may find it more beneficial to have time alone. Likewise, some people may find themselves experiencing grief for a short period of time and are able to cope with it well enough to be able to go about their daily lives. Others find their grieving process may last for weeks, months, or even years. This is normal, though people experiencing grief for longer periods of time may benefit from seeking professional help to move through it.

Common Symptoms

As previously mentioned, everyone experiences and manages through their grief and loss in different ways. The most common symptoms of grief include:

  • Emotional responses such as anger, sadness, guilt, and anxiety.
  • Cognitive changes such as preoccupation with the loss, confusion, disbelief.
  • Physical and behavioural responses including avoiding reminders, withdrawal from usual activity, fatigue.

Self-Management, Tips, and Strategies

  • Be open with loved ones about your feelings and allow them to assist where possible
  • Allow yourself space and time to grieve
  • Connect with others experiencing similar circumstances
  • If you find it difficult to talk about it with others, keeping a journal can be helpful.
  • Maintain physical health by eating healthy meals and partaking in regular exercise
  • Avoid alcohol or drug use
  • Partake in activities you enjoy and are interested in
  • Maintain normal sleep patterns as much as possible
  • Use relaxation and mindfulness techniques
  • Do not be afraid to seek help

When can a psychologist help?

Whilst grief is a normal process, people experiencing prolonged or intense grief may need extra support to be able to return to usual activity. Grief can be complicated by other issues such as pre-exisiting mental health issues, sudden and traumatic loss, self-blame, or unresolved issues relating to the loss. Our team is here to support your through your grief and help you find ways to cope. You can book online using our Book an Appointment button, give us a call on (02) 4625 3339, or email us at

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