Grieving is an occurrence in response to loss. Losses can be of a personal or situational nature. Our everyday lives are very much about changes and among these changes losses are inevitable. It is often thought that losses always involve the loss of a dear one and many times that may be the case. However, losses may also include pets or any given situation in our lives that has become part of our everyday routine. Our ability to feel the loss and work through the process of losing something or someone is unique with each one of us. There is no right or wrong in grieving, although complicated grieving can occur. Grief has a physiological component which affects the human brain (Wilson, Gabriel, James, 2014). It has also been noted that grieving can increase glucocorticoid (GC) levels, these can aid one in persevering, but can also cause other physiological changes, such as lowering ones immune system. There are several grieving theories which provide a framework for the grieving process. Spirituality is an important component in grieving and healing for it gives the individual the opportunity to redefine and incorporate themselves finding new meaning in life (Damaniakis, Marziali, 2012). Feelings of sadness and loss are commonly experienced and are part of this process. One must proceed in acknowledging and allowing oneself to feel these emotions as necessary for ultimately coming to terms with the reality of the situation and experience acceptance and peace.
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