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Coping with Grief

The feelings of loss and grief can seem overwhelming, without end. It hits you in the gut, spreads throughout your heart, and makes you feel hopeless. The feeling of grief can last for hours, day, weeks, and even months. Feelings of loss can last just as long, even if someone close to you hasn’t died.

How do you cope with grief? How do you cope with loss? These are questions that are not easily answered, because the answer varies from person to person. No two people experience grief the same way. So even though most of go through something like the 5 stages of grief, not all of us will experience them all, nor in any particular order. The good news is that you won’t experience these feelings forever — even though it may feel like you will.

We’ve compiled this library of articles on grief and loss to help you better understand this normal human condition. You may want to start off with our Grief Quiz to help you understand exactly how much grief you’re experiencing right now. If you need emotional support from others for your feelings of grief or loss right now, consider joining our online grief and loss support group. It costs nothing to join and participate in.

From Our Grief Blog,
Through Life & Loss

Coping with Grief & Loss

5 Stages of Grief and Loss
By Julie Axelrod

The Truth About Grief & Loss
By Maud Purcell, LCSW, CEAP

Preparing for Grief
By Jane Collingwood

Coping with the Loss of a Spouse
By Ben Martin, Psy.D.

Acceptance: 5 Stages of Grief & Loss
By Tamara Hill, MS, LPC

Grief, Healing and the One-to-Two Year Myth
By Karen Carney

8 Tips To Help Console a Grieving Friend
By Kate Evans

11 Kinds of Therapy to Help You Grieve a Loss
By Therese J. Borchard

The 2 Worlds of Grief & Depression
By Ronald Pies, MD

How the DSM-5 Got Grief, Bereavement Right
By Ronald Pies, MD

The Truth About Grief: The Myth of Its Five Stages
Book Review by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

Children and Grief

Grief & Children

Children & Grief
By Karen Carney

A Grieving Child: 3 Myths of Grief & Children
By Tom Gray

Children Dealing with Grief
By Harold Cohen, Ph.D.

Teaching Children the Skill of Grieving
By Danielle B. Grossman, MFT

When a Pet Dies: Helping Your Young Child Grieve
By Jenise Harmon, MSW, LISW-S

Coping with Pet Loss

Grieving the Loss of a Pet
By Julie Axelrod

Understanding the Loss of Your Pet
By Julie Axelrod

Explaining the Loss of a Pet to a Child
By Julie Axelrod

Children and the Death of a Pet
By Harold Cohen, Ph.D.

On Mourning the Death of a Pet
By Therese J. Borchard

When Pets Die, Human Hearts Break
By Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP

Four-Legged Love: Ways to Support Someone Through the Loss of a Pet
By Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW

15 Myths About Pet Loss
By Tom Gray


John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder of Psych Central. He is a psychologist, author, researcher, and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since 1995. Dr. Grohol has a Master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2020). Coping with Grief. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 1, 2020, from
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Last updated: 4 Apr 2020 (Originally: 17 May 2019)
Last reviewed: By a member of our scientific advisory board on 4 Apr 2020
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