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Grief is the reaction to a loss. It is caused especially by the death of a loved one, but also by divorce (Marriage and Divorce 4), moving, the loss of a job, sickness, the loss of cultural elements, destruction of the normal conditions of life, and so forth. Animals can also experience grief.

1. Symptoms

Those who grieve experience a profound shattering of their understanding of themselves and of their world (Identity). Each type of grief has its own form. In many cases it involves preoccupation with a former love…

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Wagner-Rau, Ulrike, “Grief”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G269>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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