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When a person loses a loved one , they go through a normal process called grieving. Grieving is natural and should be expected. Over time, it can help the person understand their loss. Bereavement is what a person goes through when someone close to them dies. It is the state of having suffered a loss. Mourning is the outward expression of loss and grief. Mourning includes rituals and other actions that are specific to a person’s culture, personality and religious beliefs. Bereavement and mourning are both part of the grieving process.

Grieving involves many different emotions, actions, and expressions, all of which help the person come to terms with the death of a loved one. But please keep in mind that grief does not look the same for everyone and every loss is different. Grief is not a single instance or a short amount of time that is filled with sadness or pain in response to loss. Grieving involves an entire emotional process of coping with loss and can last a long time. Although grieving is painful, it is important that someone who has experienced a death be supported throughout the process. To the person that is experiencing grief, it may feel more like a wave, it comes and goes, and may even be triggered by anniversaries, birthdays, and other milestones in a person’s life.