TYPES OF GRIEF – (David Kessler, 2021)
Delayed – Grief that we don’t feel in the moment because it’s unsafe or we’re in survival mode.
Disenfranchised – Any grief we judge or minimize.
Ambiguous – Grief that’s hard to see.
Inconclusive – There is nobody to grieve. There is hope. It breeds conspiracy theories.
Complicated – When painful emotions of loss don’t improve with time and are so severe that you have trouble resuming and or creating your life.
Collective and Public -When we grieve an event or public figure as a group.
Traumatic – Combines trauma with bereavement or grief responses.
Masked – Grief that is presented in another way, and the resulting feeling is a response to grief.
Anticipatory – The grief that comes before a death.
Cumulative – When someone experiences multiple losses during a short period and or unattended grief that builds up.
Secondary Loss – The other losses that accompany grief and the primary emotional response.
These are just a handful types of grief that you will come across. Our grief is as unique as our fingerprint.