There may be no life experience that is more profoundly painful than the loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, it is an incident that we all must face at numerous stages in our lives. Even though these are losses that we must all go through, we often find ourselves ill-equipped to deal with the depth of the suffering that we may experience.
While we will focus mainly on loss in terms of the death of a loved one, it is important to note that the grief and loss response can be triggered by the loss of anything we hold dear. This could be loss of a valued job, moving away from a neighborhood that we were connected to, or the break-up of a relationship or friendship.