Since grief is such a wide topic that covers so many kinds of losses and an almost infinite range of emotions, there isn’t a singe grief definition that covers it all. But, there are three we use to help people understand what grief is and what it isn’t.
 

 
The sense of loss of control, loss of independence, and loss of freedom I felt, was like nothing I had experienced before.

 
Most people consider their pet a part of the family, so losing your pet can be traumatic.

 
In our books and speeches we refer to the six myths about grief that limit us in our ability to deal with the inevitable losses that affect our lives.

 
Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of, or change in, a familiar pattern of behavior.

 
Grief is the normal and natural emotional reaction to loss of change of any kind. Of itself, grief is neither a pathological condition nor a personality disorder.