Published: 18th June, 2021
Loss is one of the most universal human experiences. Whether it be a loved one, a dream career, or a special place, no one is immune to loss and its lasting effects. This is especially true for children and young people, who often experience this before reaching emotional maturity.
Any sort of loss can trigger complex emotional responses. Our inward thoughts and feelings are known as grief. The outward demonstration of these emotions is mourning, which is a vital part of the grieving process.
Because loss happens at different life stages for everyone, the way we respond is personal to each of us. In the past, this process used to be experienced more privately. It was communicated by letter, telephone, or an in-person conversation. The obituary section of the newspaper used to be the only public format for commemoration and communicating loss of life.
However, since the advent of social media, the way we live has changed drastically. It makes sense then that the way we experience loss has also changed.