Loss Examples


Grief happens after death and major life changes. Primary losses are obvious losses, such as a person, object or job. Secondary losses sometimes called “hidden losses”, are more difficult to recognize and are most often associated with the impact or meaning of the loss. Examples include:

  • Death of loved ones or pets
  • Relationship in any way with loved ones or pets
  • Identity changed or denied
  • Dreams and expectations
  • Physical health
  • Emotional well-being
  • Financial security
  • Freedom
  • Material things valued
  • Religious or Spiritual faith


Sudden death may be more difficult to grieve because there are no warning signs. Examples include:

  • Accidents
  • Disappearance
  • Drowning
  • Heart attacks
  • Miscarriage
  • Murder
  • Natural disasters
  • Sudden infant death
  • Suicide
  • Terror attacks
  • War

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