Skip to Content

Menu Icon
Menu
Menu Icon

Grief: Losing a Loved One

Topic Overview

The loss of someone special translates into many separate losses in a person's life. Multiple losses occur when a person loses:

  • A partner. Loss of a partner usually also means the loss of a constant companion. Loss of a partner can also cause financial hardship, and sometimes a loss of standing or recognition within the community. It is especially important to stay connected with friends and family when grieving the loss of a partner.
  • A child. Losing a child may cause parents to lose their sense of purpose, hope for the future, and connection to other people. For example, they may lose their connection to the parents of their child's friends. Parents also lose a major joy in their lives. If parents grieve a miscarriage or child's death differently, they can become more distant from each another or argue more. Counseling is often needed to help couples work through their grief together.
  • A parent. Losing a parent can interfere with a child's ability to be truly connected to another person. Like adults, different children grieve in different ways. But all children need to know that they have friends and family they can count on to be with, if not to talk to.

As you gradually adjust to living without a beloved person, sort out the various losses and changes you've experienced, and slowly make adjustments that can enrich and improve your daily life.

Related Information

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry
Last Revised November 4, 2013

Last Revised: November 4, 2013

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

Decision Points

Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.

You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:

Interactive Tools

Get started learning more about your health!

Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.

Symptom Checker

Feeling under the weather?

Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.