Grief is a natural, universal, and emotional response to the loss of someone or something significant in a person's life. This typically includes painful emotions and sorrow caused by loss. The responses vary widely and usually depend upon each person's individual personality, life circumstances, past experiences with grief and how others react to their grief.
Grief should not be something that is prevented or avoided. Grief will often surface in other ways such as physical symptoms, erratic behavior or displacing it onto others.