HIV POSITIVE  Caretakers
Coping With A Loss

Grieving Is Work

Grieving is the process that takes a person from loss to living again. Many people think of grief as pain and sadness, but experiencing these feelings is just one of the tasks of grieving.

These tasks often include:

  • accepting that the loss is real and permanent;

  • experiencing painful feelings;

  • adjusting to a life without the person and other associated losses;

  • forming new relationships and a renewed sense of meaning in life.

Each person's grief is different, and the grieving for each person who dies is unique. There is no "correct" way to grieve, no "right" time to be "over it, "no proper" intensity of feelings or expression of those feelings. But in some way, we almost always get to all of these tasks of grieving while coping with loss and recovering.

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