grief.

what is grief?

Grief is a response to a loss of many types - this can include things such as the death of a person, the loss of a significant relationship, and loss of functioning or wellbeing during a serious illness or accident. People respond to grief differently. 

Some people prefer to be around people, and others to be alone. Some get back to normal routine quickly and others take longer. How people grieve depends on the circumstances of their loss, as well as past experiences of loss.



Through awareness comes understanding, through understanding comes knowledge, through knowledge comes wellbeing.

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Grief can often be thought of as uncomplicated grief, and complicated grief.  Complicated grief occurs when people struggle to adjust to a loss. This is difficult to define, as there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Symptoms for uncomplicated and complicated grief may include:

symptoms of uncomplicated grief

symptoms of complicated grief

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36.9530°S, 174.4688°E

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can I get through this?

Of course. The loss of a person, relationship, functioning or other things can be very difficult to grasp. However, with the right support, over time, things will improve.

what can I do to cope.

It is important to be kind to yourself. Below are a few things you could try to help manage the feelings you are experiencing.

what can I do?

Accepting who I
am, and not who I
should be.

how can fresh minds help?

Fresh Minds can help you connect your dots across mind, mood and wellness. We provide simple tools, helping you navigate a complex life.

fresh minds therapy

One-to-one therapy sessions designed around your personal needs, either in-person, over the phone or video

fresh minds learnings

Live and interactive webinar modules, online resources and workshops – easy access to the answers you need.

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fresh minds workplace

We work with organisations to develop bespoke solutions to support mind, mood and wellness in the workplace.

This resource was developed by a Fresh Minds psychologist, adapted from Te Hikuwai developed by Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui resources. For more information on our qualified therapists visit our team. 

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