Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense your grief will be. You may associate grieving with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief—but any loss can cause grief, including:

The Irish Hospice Foundation provides a website,, that provides advice and information for bereaved people and those supporting them.

Information for those affected by Bereavement is a publication produced by the Citizens Information Board. It provides information on dealing with the practical and material matters that arise following a death.

GriefShare is a worldwide directory of support groups for people grieving the death of a family member or friend.