What is Grief?
Principles of Grief
- Grief is a natural reaction to death and other losses. Grieving is normal and healthy, yet often resisted and rejected.
- Each persons’s grieving experience is unique. Grieving is a different experience for each person.
- There are no “right” and “wrong” ways to grieve. Coping with a death does not follow a simple pattern or set of rules nor is it a course to be evaluated or graded.
- Every death is unique and is experienced differently. Expect the unexpected
- The grieving process is influenced by many issues including:
- Social support systems available for the teen (family, friends and/or community)
- Circumstances of the death – how, where and when the person died
- Whether or not the person unexpectedly found the body
- The nature of the relationship with the person who died
- The person’s level of involvement in the dying process
- The emotional and developmental age of the person
- The person’s previous experiences with death
- Grief is ongoing. Grief never ends, but it does change in character and intensity. Many grievers have compared their grieving to the constantly shifting tides of the ocean; ranging from calm, low tides to raging high tides that change with the seasons and the years.