The motivation to form close relationships is part of our biological makeup. These relationships are important to our feelings of wellbeing and sense of belonging. The people we love help regulate our emotions, thoughts and behaviors and even some of our physiological processes. The better we understand love the better we can understand loss.
Bereavement is one of the most difficult things that can happen to a person. Even though we know that people die, when we lose someone close it is very hard to understand that they are gone. However, we need to find a way to accept the finality of the loss and all that it means to us. We need to be able to think about the future in a positive way even without the person we love.
Grief after loss of someone close is unique to each bereaved person and each loss. Yet grief is a universal and natural response, shared by people across the globe. Artists of all kinds have explored the experience of loss. Art can be a way for suffering people to feel a sense of common humanity.