Grief follows different experiences of loss such as:–
- Anticipated grief. This is the grief someone experiences when they know that a loved one is terminally-ill. It is also the grief experienced by a terminally ill person who anticipates their own death. This may require referral.
- Grief after unexpected loss. We experience this when someone close to us suddenly dies, such as a sudden, unexpected illness or an accident in the prime of their life. The death is seen as premature.
- Grief after a normal life. This kind of grief is expected if, e.g. the person is very old and has lived a full life.
- Grief after the loss of a child. It is useful to put this in a separate category because it is probably the most painful of all human grief.
- Blocked grief. This is grief that persists and can develop a fixed melancholia.
- “Other-death” type grief. This is grief not due to physical death but due to the loss of a significant relationship (such as divorce or friendship) or the loss of personal purpose (such as retrenchment or retirement).
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