All of us will experience grief and loss at some point in our life. Grief is a highly individual experience, and it comes with no rule book. Feelings that accompany grief are often painful and confusing. Grief and loss are most often assumed to be related to the death of someone we care about, but today we want to talk about a different type of loss: ‘Living loss’. Living loss is a type of grief we experience in the aftermath of losing something in our life. It can be equally difficult as grieving a death.
“Sometimes, what dies might be an individual’s hopes or dreams, a relationship, or perhaps an ability that is no longer readily accessible as it was before.” — Darcy Harris, author of Non-death loss and grief
Because these losses may not be as obvious to those around us, support might not be offered as readily as if we lost a loved one to death. The experience can turn into what is known as ‘disenfranchised grief’, compounding our feelings of loss.