Various Types of Grieving/Resources

Various Types of Grieving

Often when people think of grieving, the first thing that comes to mind is the death of a “loved one”. We recognize, however, that loss presents itself in many different ways throughout one’s lifetime, and so will refer to the below said losses as the “loved one” throughout the information provided. We may not always understand initially why the loss has occurred, however we must trust the process of life, and the irrefutable truth that with each loss that occurs, therein lies an opportunity for growth and awakening.

Recommended Reading:

“I wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye” – Pamela Blair, PhD

“The Grief Recovery Handbook”- John W. James

“Dark Nights of the Soul” – Thomas Moore

“The Power of Now” – Eckhart Tolle

“For One More Day” – Mitch Albom

“Tuesdays with Morrie” – Mitch Albom

“Warrior of the Light”- Paulo Coelho

“The Alchemist” – Paulo Coelho

Types of Loss:                                                                                             

-Death of a loved one

-Suicide/Murder (see Complicated Grief)                

-Disappearance of a loved one


-Divorce/end of a significant relationship            

-Job loss

-Loss of a limb                                                              

-Losing a loved one to mental illness                      

-Loss of a toxic relationship                                      

-Loss of a codependent relationship                      

-Loss of a home

-Loss of freedom

-Losing a loved one to addiction

-Losing physical ability via an illness or a traumatic incident

-Wounded Warrior Project                                        

-Losing cognitive ability via an illness or traumatic incident

Brain Injury Association of America:                       

National Stroke Association:                                     

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America:                        

-Loss of material possessions

-Losing yourself in a relationship                            

-“Empty nest” syndrome

-Loss of a special talent

-Loss of social status/power

-Losing yourself to your career

-Infertility diagnosis

-Loss of fertility/onset of menopause

-Collective Loss: Vietnam War, 9/11, Auschwitz, loss of nationality/citizenship

-Losing a loved one to the very process of grieving itself

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