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:
- 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.