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Grief

Grief is a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond or affection was formed. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, cultural, and philosophical dimensions. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of loss, and grief is the reaction to that loss.

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Baby Elephant Cries For 5 Hours After Mom Attacks, Rejects Him

Its not just another scene from the loved move "Dumbo", animals are know to cry, just like this baby elephant who was attacked and rejected by its mother. www.huffingtonpost.com

Contributed by Laura Diana Escamilla

This is an article about how to say that final good-bye. If you can, be proactive when you know someone is preparing to die. It makes the grieving process a little more bearable.

Contributed by Atrice Alexis

"There's a grief that can't be spoken..."

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My story of overcoming grief and abuse.

Contributed by Michele Parker-Sehi

Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote this poem in the midst of his greif over the death of his best friend Break, break, break, On thy cold gray stones, O Sea! And I would that my tongue could utter The thoughts that arise in me. O, well for the fisherman's boy, That he shouts with his sister at play! O, well for the sailor lad, That he sings in his boat on the bay! And the stately ships go on To their haven under the hill; But O for the touch of a vanish'd hand, And the sound of a voice that is still! Break, break, break At the foot of thy crags, O Sea! But the tender grace of a day that is dead Will never come back to me.

Contributed by Sarah Joy Blankenship

The Five Stages of Grief

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A sad but touching video showing elephants grieving--saying goodbye to a lost young one. How arrogant to think animals don't feel a similar sense of loss as we do when we lose a loved one.

Contributed by Sammo Lea

Humans aren't the only species to grieve. Barbara King has written a book about the topic--about how animals should clear signs of grieving for their close ones.

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A TED Talk about living after loss by psychologist Geoff Warburton, who discusses personal experiences and also emphasizes thriving not surviving after loss.

Contributed by Sammo Lea

How long does grief last? Perhaps it's better not to ask how long grief lasts, but how quickly we begin to function after loss. Focus on the positive rather than the negative. There will always be difficult moments, but they may be fewer and far between our happy ones.

Contributed by Sammo Lea

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