Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be. You may associate grief with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief—but any loss can cause grief, including:
The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief. However, even subtle losses can lead to grief. For example, you might experience grief after moving away from home, graduating from college, changing jobs, selling your family home, or retiring from a career you loved.
Editor’s Note: This is a lovely definition of grief because it stresses that every person reacts differently to loss (such as: being discarded by a narcissist). While person Q may bounce back in a week, person XYZ may be deeply affected. The link also discusses: symptoms of grief, coping strategies, complicated grief, and the differences between grief and depression.