People often ask, “how long is it okay for me to grieve?” There is no right or wrong answer to this question, as our values, our culture, and our own capabilities may drive our grieving process. What we grieve for and how we grieve are personal choices. Although there are several components of grief that are similar between people (many experience denial, anger, sadness, guilt, bargaining, and acceptance), they do not necessarily experience them in the same order or in the same manner. What is important is the knowledge that it is okay to ask for help getting through a loss. Whether it be family, friends, coworkers, community, or mental health providers, there are many people who can help you survive the grief process.
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