Updated: Apr 16, 2019
Are there things in your life that you have lost, which you have not allowed yourself to grieve? Or perhaps didn't recognize the loss as something to grieve?
Grief is a tricky emotion that can often be misunderstood as solely a process of mourning those who have died. However, grief is an emotion we can experience in regard to any loss. The loss of a job, the loss of a house, the loss of a relationship (romantic or platonic), the loss of an ability, the loss of one's youth... the list goes on.
Additionally, individuals can go through a significant positive life transition such as marriage, graduation, a big move, or even the birth of a new child, and experience emotions of grief and loss. This form of grief can be very confusing, but with any transition or big change in one's life there will always be something that will be left behind or lost.
Recognizing a significant loss in your life regardless of how anyone else may classify the loss, is an important practice for "healthy" mental health. Don't be afraid to recognize the losses you have had and be willing to allow yourself to grieve them.