While loss is a natural part of life, losing a parent, spouse, child, or loved one is surely one of the more difficult challenges we ever have to face. Everyone reacts differently to death and loss, and it's important to remember there is no such thing as a "normal timeline" for grief and healing. Shock, confusion, numbness, detachment, anger, guilt, fear or depression may occur, but social support and healthy self-care often tend to diminish the intensity of grief over time. Still, some people continue to struggle and can benefit from the support of a mental health professional to help them through the grieving process.
Articles & Resources
Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman
How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies by Therese Rando, Ph.D.
The Long Goodbye: A Memoir by Meghan O'Rourke
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion