When is Grief Finished?

I like the approach taken to grief in this post. It’s well worth a read.


Grief is never truly finished. When a loved one dies, we will always miss the relationship we had with that person.  Sometimes we will re-experience the pain of that loss as we go through annual celebrations such as birthdays, holidays and anniversaries.

Nonetheless, we are called back into the land of the living and our daily responsibilities. Reinvesting in life and significant relationships is the key to getting through our grief.  Realizing life is forever changed by the death of a loved one gives us permission to begin building a new life with their memory in our hearts.

Building upon our experiences of the past can lead us to a new future. While the death of our loved one was not our choice, how we respond to that loss is a choice we must make.  To move forward we must settle or be at peace with unresolved issues, accept the…

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Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

14 thoughts on “When is Grief Finished?”

  1. A very good article which deals with handling grief and moving on. I also feel a lost relationship is a form of grief too because you go through the same process only the person is alive and it takes awhile to get over it and sometimes it isn’t possible when it’s a family member. You just accept it.

  2. Well written Jean. Thanks for bringing this article to our attention. I think one of the road blocks to healing is our perception of time. Many visualize time as a line that we move along, leaving the past behind us.This creates a contradiction when we lose a loved one, because we “feel” them still there even though they are passed. That is inconsistent with a linear view of time.I find that for this and many other applications, time is better seen as circular, like the rings on a tree – and we are the tree. Those whom we have loved and all we have been/done remain forever a part of us as we grow. They just become internalized – as any ring would in a growing tree.

  3. Grief is finished in its own time. All depends the relationship with the deceased. Sometimes grief is held for a long time not as intensely as in the beginning but nevertheless they still carry grief. I have seen people laugh at the funeral and carry on as if they are not grieving at all and also after the funeral. Grief is one of those things that does not have a set time.

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