The Engle Center thanks Lena Harvey (Psychology, Class of 2021), for this content.



Grief is our reaction when someone we love dies, or we experience other losses. Grief is a reaction to loss. Grief affects us all differently, and we grieve in different ways. Grief can be expressed in a variety of ways. Some people weep easily or express their grief verbally, while others turn their grief into action. This variety of reactions is natural, and the way we grieve is not a reflection of the way we love.  Grief is a normal reaction to the loss of someone or something significant to you. You may experience a range of emotions, such as depression or loneliness, and for a variety of reasons. A loved one may have died, a relationship may have ended, or you may have lost your work. Grief may also be triggered by other life changes, such as a chronic illness or a relocation to a new home. Everyone grieves in their own way. The key to moving through grief is to accept your feelings, take care of yourself, and seek help. (DerSarkissian, 2020) 

Everyone in life will go through grief. It is important to know some simple things that can be helpful for those who are grieving.  Click here to see what and what not to say and do in the aftermath of loss.