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Grief and Loss

Grief is experienced when you lose something or someone that is important to you.  It refers to the complex human reaction to this loss, which can involve a variety of emotions. Grief is a normal response to loss; 100% of us are grievers. Individuals differ in terms of how they respond to loss, and there is no one correct way or length of time to grieve.

How does it impact the workplace?

Grief can negatively impact concentration and, by extension, occupational performance, as coping with a significant loss takes priority. Alternatively, a grieving individual might try to avoid dealing with grief through hyper-focus on work. However, the feelings must be examined in order to achieve resolution.


How does it impact relationships?

Grief can cause one to withdraw from loved ones or to rely heavily on friends and family. A balance of solitude and social support is often the best way to cope with loss.


How does it impact academics?

Grief can impede academic functioning in the same way that it can impede occupational functioning. It is important for grieving individuals to remain attuned to issues of self-care and to ask for time off and / or support when needed.


What resources are available?

FASAP can help you deal with grief and loss through individual sessions and by connecting you to resources.

Updated 05/02/2014

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