Grief: Coping with reminders after a loss

Grief doesn’t magically end at a certain point after a loved one’s death. Reminders often bring back the pain of loss, even years later. Here’s help coping and healing.

By Mayo Clinic staff

When a loved one dies, you may be faced with grief over your loss again and again sometimes even years later. Feelings of grief may return on the anniversary of your loved one’s death, for example, or on your loved one’s birthday or other special days throughout the year. The return of these feelings, sometimes called an anniversary reaction, isn’t necessarily a setback in the grieving process. It’s a reflection that your loved one’s life was important to you. To continue on the path toward healing, know what to expect and how to cope with reminders of your loss.

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