What are grief and loss?
Grief describes the feelings that you experience after you lose something that is important to you. It might be the loss of someone you love, the end of an important relationship, your parents’ divorce or perhaps being forced to give up something that you love. Sometimes even leaving school or university can leave you with feelings of loss.
Grief is a normal response to loss and it can be expressed in many different ways. You might feel sad, angry, anxious, shocked, regretful, relieved, overwhelmed, isolated, irritable or numb.
Grief does not just affect how you feel. It can change the way you think about things, and make it difficult to concentrate or make decisions. You might also notice a change in how you feel around other people – sometimes you might prefer to be alone, other times wanting company and a distraction from your thoughts.