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Loss is the experience of no longer having a person, thing, or experience that a person valued. This in turn leads to the experience of grieving. Loss is a normal human emotional experience that is often complex and layered. The experience of a loss can be felt on a spectrum from very mild to very extreme. These emotions and experiences of a loss may change over time and eventually dissipate, though some feel the effects of a very difficult and painful loss for the rest of their life. In the clinical professions, the term loss is often used synonymously with the terms grief and bereavement.

All losses are different and all people experience losses in a variety of ways. However, experts have identified symptoms that seem ...

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