Are you dealing well with grief/ loss?

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Are you Dealing well with Grief or Loss?

Have you lost a loved one recently? Do you find yourself thinking about it frequently? Are finding it difficult to cope with it? Grief affects everyone differently while being an exhausting and emotionally draining journey. This can make it hard to do simple things like getting out of bed or leaving the house.

Grief has no set pattern. Some people like to be expressive and public with their emotions, while others like to keep their feelings private. Most people find that grief lessens with time. A person who loses a loved one may always carry sadness and miss them but struggle to find the strength to feel happy again. There are few who are even pushed to step out of their comfort zone to search for wisdom and a new meaning to life after such experiences.

Grief is usually described in relation to the death of a loved one, although, there are other types of major loss that can also lead to feelings of grief. The more significant a loss, the more intense grief may be.

People may feel grief over:

  • The death of a loved one - grief can be particularly severe following the death of an infant or child, or a suicide
  • Divorce or separation
  • The loss of a beloved pet
  • Giving up something that mattered
  • Work changes - for example, unemployment, retirement or retrenchment
  • The diagnosis of a terminal illness
  • The loss of good health because of an illness, accident or disability
  • Miscarriage or infertility
  • Having a child with a disability, a terminal illness, a mental illness or a substance abuse problem
  • Moving away or separation from family or friends
  • Having an ‘empty nest’ when children leave home

Who is this Quiz for? 

For some people, grief might not lessen even after time passes. The grief can significantly disrupt their life, affecting jobs, relationships and how they interact in the community.

If you experience grief or loss, you may always feel some sadness and miss a person once they are gone, but the painful, intense feelings should gradually subside. It eventually becomes easier to deal with life.

Is this Quiz Accurate? 

This is NOT a professional psychiatric diagnosis. This is only a self-assessment quiz to help people figure out whether they need to speak with a professional or consult a psychiatrist. Our licensed mental health professionals can help you determine the next best steps for you.

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