The Loss List

Loss drains us of our energy and robs us of our choices.

Grief is the reaction to loss and two of the definitions of grief from “The Grief Recovery Handbook” are:

  1. Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss.
  2. Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.

The Loss List   

  • Adoption
  • Begin or end school
  • Business readjustment
  • Change in church activities
  • Change in eating habits
  • Change in financial state
  • Change in frequency of arguments
  • Change in health of family member
  • Change in living conditions
  • Change in number of family reunions
  • Change in recreation
  • Change in residence
  • Change in responsibilities at work
  • Change in schools
  • Change in sleeping habits
  • Change in social activities
  • Change in working hours or conditions
  • Change to different line of work
  • Child leaving home
  • Christmas
  • Death of a close family member
  • Death of a close friend
  • Death of a spouse
  • Dismissal from work
  • Divorce
  • Foreclosure of mortgage or loan
  • Gain a new family member
  • Imprisonment
  • Loss of approval
  • Loss of control of my body
  • Loss of safety
  • Loss of trust
  • Major mortgage
  • Marital reconciliation
  • Marital separation
  • Marriage
  • Minor mortgage or loan
  • Minor violation of law
  • Miscarriage
  • Outstanding personal achievement
  • Personal injury or illness
  • Pregnancy
  • Retirement
  • Revision of personal habits
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Spouse starts or stops work
  • Trouble with boss
  • Trouble with in-laws
  • Vacation

If you have had a loss that is not listed on this page feel free to add it to the comments or write us and we will update this list.

Chris Donner,

Cee Neuner,