Grief is defined as the primarily emotional/affective process of reacting to the loss of a loved one through death.
The focus is on the internal, intrapsychic process of the individual.
Normal or common grief reactions may include components such as the following:
- Numbness and disbelief.
- Anxiety from the distress of separation.
- A process of mourning often accompanied by symptoms of depression.
- Eventual recovery.
Grief reactions can also be viewed as abnormal, traumatic, pathologic, or complicated.