About 2.5 million people die in the United States annually, each leaving an average of five grieving people behind. It’s estimated that 1.5 million children (5% of children in the United States) have lost one or both parents by age 15. Additionally, older adults tend to experience grief at a higher rate than younger adults or children due to spousal loss being more common experiences for older adults as well as the death of friends, siblings, and other people in their lives.

If you or a loved one has lost someone or something you care about deeply, you may be experiencing an array of painful feelings and emotions.  These responses are part of the natural reaction of grief.  Grief is the process you go through after losing a significant person or element from your life. While grief is usually associated with the loss of human life, that is not the only cause of grief. Any significant loss can be emotionally difficult and disruptive for an individual, and it can also cause complicated grief in some people. There are a few common causes of grief, including:

Death of a loved one:

Losing a person you are close to is the most commonly recognized cause of grief. Coping with the death of a loved one in the family is one of the most common human experiences.

Suicide loss:

When a person loses someone to suicide, grief can be more challenging and complicated to process.


While divorce is not the same as a person’s death, it can cause both parties to grieve. Divorce represents a complex change that can impact many parts of life.

Loss of job:

The loss of a job can be a devastating and life-changing event. Job loss grief reflects the lack of financial security and can affect personal identity.

Death of pet:

For some people, the death of a pet can be as significant as the loss of a human life. This is especially true when grieving the loss of pets who are viewed as family members.

If you or someone you care about is having a difficult time with a major loss, they may be going through a period of grief, and because people struggling with grief may develop deeper mental health issues or turn to substance use, it’s important to reach out for help.

Therapy at CARE Counseling for grief and loss may include processing through what the loss meant to you and your surroundings as well as finding ways to cope with the loss in healthy ways.


Having trouble sticking to your normal routine

Feelings of depression

Being unable to stop blaming yourself

Feeling angry

Preoccupations with loss

treatment at care

Help process emotions

Teach coping skills