pretty simple, doesn't it? But really, grief is a little more complicated than that. When somebody close to us dies, we spend weeks, months, and even years dealing with feelings, thoughts, physical reactions, and behaviors. People call this the "grieving process."
Everybody is unique, so everybody grieves a little differently and for different amounts of time. But parts of the grieving process are common to most of us:
- "I can't stop crying since my mom died."
- "I haven't been happy at all in the six months since we lost my brother."
It's a simple, painful fact: losing someone is a sad thing. Sadness is a big part of grief. When we lose a loved one, we may feel like crying a lot of the time, and we may feel so overwhelmed with sadness that we become depressed.