Western society tries to distance itself from the devastating feelings of accumulated grief and loss. We often treat it as something that happens to other people and should never be discussed. But loss is all around us every day.
There are many types of loss; everyone who experiences loss also experiences their own personalised grief. There is the loss of a partner, spouse, family member, child or friend.
Kubler Ross’s five stages of grieving; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, are now considered more appropriate for coming to terms with dying. If a person is grieving someone’s death then the four steps of reconciling may be more relevant.
Grief has been described as the physical, psychological and social reaction to the loss of something or someone important to us. Grief may manifest itself through physiological changes; loss of appetite, insomnia, sorrow, distress or guilt.
With an increasing number of single and couple households in Sydney there is also an increase in the number of pets. Research has shown that the level of attachment between owner and pet can be equal to the emotional bond to a person’s parent, best friend, sibling or significant other.