Grief and Loss: Common Emotions Associated with Loss

Elizabeth discusses common emotions related to the losses associated with death and dying, helping us to understand the source of the emotions.

“When we have more awareness about what is natural and normal in the grieving process, it allows us to work with less judgement and more compassion.” E Causton


  • 0’00” Start
  • 0’27” Common emotions related to the losses
  • 1’24” The effects of losing “a part of your identity.”
  • 3’10” Loss of bowling – the loss usually involves more than what is visible – what does the loss “mean” to the person?
  • 4’15” Emotions – anger.
  • 5’25” Emotions – fear.
  • 6’50” Emotions – denial.
  • 7’22” The tidal wave analogy.
  • 9.25″ How to approach the floodgates.
  • 11’21” Summary

Chapter 5, On Being Up Close and Personal with the Dying, in Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care, 2nd Edition, Katherine Murray, 2009.

Written and recorded by Elizabeth Causton, All Rights Reserved, Life and Death Matters 2010