Grief, mourning, and bereavement
When a person loses someone important to them, they go through a normal process called grieving. Grieving is natural and expected. Over time, it can help the person accept and understand their loss.
Bereavement is what a person goes through when someone close to them dies. It’s the state of having suffered a loss. The person who has lost someone is said to be bereaved.
Mourning is the outward expression of loss and grief. Mourning includes rituals and other actions that are specific to each person’s culture, personality, and religion. Bereavement and mourning are both part of the grieving process.
Grieving involves many different emotions, actions, and expressions, all of which help the person come to terms with the loss of a loved one. But keep in mind, grief doesn’t look the same for everyone. And, every loss is different.
Last Medical Review: 12/23/2014
Last Revised: 03/11/2015