Grief is our response to loss, which may be a death, divorce, separation or other loss. Grief can affect our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and beliefs, and our relation with others. One should not try to ‘speed up ‘ grief or grieving. Some people may need help from a doctor, counselor or other professionals. Children and teenagers experience grief and associated emotions very strongly. It is a complex. of somatic and psychological symptoms associated with extreme sorrow or loss, specifically the death of a loved one.

Symptoms: tightness in the throat and chest with choking and shortness of breath, abdominal distress, lack of muscular power, and extreme tiredness and lethargy, a generalized awareness of mental anguish and discomfort accompanied by feelings of guilt, anger, hostility, extreme restlessness, inability to concentrate, and lack of capacity to initiate and maintain organized patterns of activities.

Most acute grief reactions are resolved within 4 to 6 weeks, although the period varies and may be much longer, especially in cases of unexpected and sudden death. Intervention by health care professionals, especially nurses, is necessary when individuals exhibit maladaptive behavioral patterns that prevent the resolution of grief and can lead to morbid reactions, including such accepted psychosomatic illnesses as asthma and ulcers.