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What does grief look like

What does grief look like?

Grief comes when we lose someone or something that is very important to us. It is a natural response to a serious loss. This loss can be of a job, or any number of things that bring a big change to our lives. We all grieve in different ways.

Aboriginal people have experienced terrible losses over the past 250 years including of country, culture, identity, and way of life. Today one of the saddest losses is of a loved one. Because of compounded grief and the gap in life expectancy, many Aboriginal people are in constant grief.

If you are working with Aboriginal people going through grief, it is important to know some of the key facts about grief and loss for Indigenous Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Grief, Loss and Trauma Key Facts Sheet

Rosemary Wanganeen’s Dealing with Loss, Grief and Trauma: Seven Phases to Healing

Beyondblue- Keeping Strong

GriefLink – Grief Reactions Associated with Indigenous Grief

http://grieflink.org.au/TopicPersonAboriginal.aspx

Lifeline Coping with Sorrow, Loss and Grief