As grief or mourning progresses, its intensity will fluctuate. It does not always follow an orderly progression and it will rarely remain static. In grief, there are ups and downs, twists and turns, which temporarily and suddenly intensify the grief, for minutes, hours, days or longer.
Grief can often be triggered again, sometimes years after death or loss. Certain experiences, such as other losses, memorial anniversary dates, birthdays, times of crisis or joy can temporarily resurrect intense feelings of grief.
Psychologist and grief expert, William Worden suggests that there are four (4) “tasks” associated with mourning. You may find knowing about these useful.
The tasks are to:
Adapted from Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy
– J W Worden, Routledge 1997