Grief is a universal phenomenon, something we all experience at some point in life. Although it's widely recognized that the stress of losing a loved one can wear on the body and mind in various ways, the mechanisms of grieving are still somewhat shrouded in mystery (via Science).
For healthcare professionals who work in the field of palliative and hospice care, providing support for terminally ill patients can give a rare insight into questions many of us face when contemplating life and our own mortality.
Grief can have a profound impact on our physical health. A recent study published in Psychological Science found that people who are grieving the loss of a spouse are at risk of having significantly higher levels of inflammation in their bodies.