Grief is a natural response to loss. It might be the loss of a loved one, relationship, miscarriage, pet, job or way of life. Other experiences of loss may be due to children leaving home, infertility and separation from friends and family. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief is likely to be.

Grief is expressed in many ways and it can affect every part of your life; your emotions, thoughts and behaviour, beliefs, physical health, your sense of self and identity, and your relationships with others. Grief can leave you feeling sad, angry, anxious, shocked, regretful, relieved, overwhelmed, isolated, irritable or numb.

Grief has no set pattern. Everyone experiences grief differently. Some people may grieve for weeks and months, while others may describe their grief lasting for years. Through the process of grief however you begin to create new experiences and habits that work around your loss.

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You can find a Australian registered counsellor here: http://www.theaca.net.au/find-registered-counsellor.php

If you going through a personal loss or feel that your grief is too over whelming, please visit our Useful Links page or alternatively, phone Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.