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How long should we grieve for?

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Last Updated: 05/01/2018 at 9:02am
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Top Rated Answers
October 20th, 2016 1:27am
As long as it takes for you to come to terms with the death.
June 27th, 2017 3:24am
Everyone grieves for different periods of time. There is no time limit. Some people it takes days and some it take a lifetime. It depends on what the person meant to you. Letting go is hard but talking to someone about it might help.
April 29th, 2018 1:20pm
There is no set timeline on how long we should grieve. Everyone grieves differently, and for different times. I lost my mother Sept. 24th 2015 and it was the most traumatic lose of my life. Over two years later, I'm still grieving. Not like I was when it happened and that time after, but I still grieve. It's getting better all the time, so i'm just allowing myself to grieve as long as I need to heal.
August 21st, 2017 7:58pm
Grieving is a process. Some may get over grief quickly and for others it may take time. Everyone deals with grief in their own way.
October 17th, 2017 7:47pm
There is no set time frame for how long it takes to grieve, it is different for everyone. There are a few things to keep in mind that can let you know if you should seek additional support with a mental health professional. Grieving is a natural reaction to loss, however when grief does not resolve in a typical time frame there may be a deeper issue to resolve. Generally if grief doesn't resolve within 3-6 months it may be a good idea to check in with a therapist. While there is no standard time frame, the process usually does not take longer than 6 months. Again, everyone is different and talking about it with someone is a good way of figuring it out.
November 8th, 2017 7:50pm
For some it can be a short time and for others it can take a long time. Everybody deals with grief in their own unique way therefore the time we take is unique also.
November 13th, 2017 8:34pm
There is not a set time that a person should grieve for. The length of time it takes for a person to grieve and work through difficult times depends on a lot of different factors.
December 11th, 2017 11:31am
No one can truly answer that. It's on you to figure out in your own time. It doesn't get better but you learn to cope with them gone day by day.
February 27th, 2018 2:33pm
The grieving process is not encompassed by time, the sooner you as a griever learns that time is not the element that will solve your issues, but rather the freedom to not feel pressure to end the grieving is the key to overcome and understand the events and to inevitably move forward with time.
March 27th, 2018 8:32am
I think there is no time limit on how long we grieve im still grieving and it has been nearly a year
May 1st, 2018 9:02am
As long as you need! Grieving is different for different people - if it helps, it's a bit like how no two people are exactly the same. Your emotions about what or who you've lost may be not at all like someone else's, so really, you should be allowed to grieve for as long as you'd like or as long as feels right.