Loss can be seen as something that occurs naturally at each stage of life. Any change, positive or negative, involves a loss of some sort, but we do not consider all these changes to be losses as such. If you care about someone or something, when it is gone, you will feel the loss. We might call this a grief reaction. Often grief is defined as the emotional reaction to a loss — it is how you feel about it. Grief shows itself not just in emotional responses like crying and feeling sad but also in anger, low energy and lack of concentration or not wanting to be with other people. It might be shown in trying to put on a brave face or being responsible for others. Some children behave badly, others become incredibly well behaved. Some have lots of minor illnesses like colds. You can begin to see that there is a reaction to loss, but how it is shown is varied and it is important to listen and notice these changes so that a helpful response can be made.
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