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Loss and Grief

Simply defined, grief is the normal and natural reaction to significant emotional loss of any kind.  Death and divorce/separation are obvious painful losses. Within the Health and Aging Program, loss from dementia or frailty leads to multiple losses of independence, relationships (spousal, family and friends), driver's licence, home/apartment and many others, including losses that family, caregivers and loved ones experience.


The Problem

There are a number of myths associated with loss and grief. One of the most significant myths is, 'Just give it time.' We often will isolate ourselves and at times, others isolate us intentionally or unintentionally. This isolation is counterproductive and can often lead to more frailty, loss of hope, support and possible addictions and mental illness.


The Solution

We are all advised to 'Let Go,' and 'Move On,' after losses of all kinds. Most of us would do that if we knew how. It is almost impossible to move on without first taking a series of actions that lead to completion. The Grief Recovery Program began in the USA, 35 years ago, and is a proven program to help and support those experiencing loss and grief associated with it.

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