Let’s be clear. Grief is not depression. Grief is sadness, and depression is hopelessness. Sometimes, mental health and medical professionals confuse the two and attempts to medicate away the pain of grief often leaves people feeling as though they will never get better. There really is no one right or wrong way to grieve, although there will always be plenty of people who remark, “you’re doing it wrong”, or that “you should cheer up” or “try to put on a happy face.” Although well-meaning, these comments rarely are helpful. While it is true that we do need to be able to meet personal and professional responsibilities, we also need to express grief and understand that our responses and certain behaviors are “normal” and to be expected.
So what can one expect when grieving? Click on this link to Our House to read about the myriad of responses that different people experience. You will find that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. The process of grief is as individual as you are.