Is There a Normal Experience of Grief?

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Is There a Normal Experience of Grief?

Is there a normal experience of grief? In short, no.

Grief is experienced uniquely by each person. It captures a wide range of emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical responses to loss and transition.

It can be triggered by the death of a loved one, or other losses like divorce and moving.

There are common features of grief, like anger and denial, but these are not experienced in linear stages.

There is no formula timeline for grief. We do not “complete” a stage and move on.

Some parts of the grieving process will be revisited several times. New seasons of life may reveal new insight about the impact of our loss.

Though grief never completely disappears, it usually becomes less intense over time.

When left unacknowledged, grief can bottle up inside and create pressure on other areas of our lives.

The pressure is relieved when we are able to express our grief, find support in our communities, and create meaningful ways to honor our loss.

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Elise Howell, LPCA
Elise's passion is to collaborate with teen girls and their families in navigating the unpredictable years of adolescence, and supporting women in cultivating healthy relationships with their whole selves. She engages with clients' strengths to help clients process their stories, build skills to move them towards their goals, and reconnect with what’s most important to them in life. When she is not watching classic romantic comedies, Elise enjoys kayaking, hiking, and beach days with her husband. She loves all things Harry Potter and musical theater.

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