Grief And Its Effects On Our Lives

1915 WordsAug 30, 20148 Pages
For most people loss is usually associated with death and dying but in fact loss is experienced not only in relation to death, but also via those normative changes we experience throughout our lives. Grief as a response to loss runs through all aspects of both our lives as well as our clients. Though the terms bereavement, grief, and mourning are said to be distinct constructs in their own right, both professionals and the general public often use them interchangeably. While bereavement typically refers to the loss of a loved one, it may also refer to the loss of gainful employment, a bodily function, belongings, or other events usually resulting in a process of grief which may affect our emotional/physical reactions, behavioural responses, and thoughts. Grief then is how we as individuals react to both death and non-death losses and as such is regarded as a normal and natural response to loss and thus is a logical outcome of our drive to form emotional connections to people, objects or possessions. Mourning is then the outward behavioural expression of grief and at the same time the internal struggle to reorient to life which is largely shaped by cultural and social norms, traditions, practices and rituals (Hall, 2011). Because the grief process is not always well understood by a large section of society (including social workers) many grieving individuals do not receive the quality and type of support that is most likely to help them. As a way to try and understand more
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