How long does grief last?

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As a medium, I talk with people every week who are grieving the loss of their loved one. Most of them struggle with accepting how long it is taking them to grieve. They wonder when they will be able to go through the day without crying or feeling drained. I hope today’s video helps you come to terms with your own timeline for grieving.

As you are dealing with your grief, notice the little signs that you are healing. Maybe it’s a little easier to get up in the morning, you start connecting with others again, or you’re starting to think about changes you would like to make in your life. When you have those moments of feeling frustrated about how long your grieving process is taking, be encouraged by the signs that you are healing from your loss.

According to, most people start to feel better within 6-8 weeks. However, it may take 6 months to several years to completely come to terms with your loss. If you don’t notice signs of healing or you are considering harming yourself or others, it might be time to reach out for professional help.

No matter what your journey of coming to terms with loss looks like, it is okay. Honor your experience without comparing yourself to others, get help if you need it, and show yourself patience, love, and compassion.

Sending love your way,


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