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How can previous losses affect my ability to cope with grief?

How you react to the loss of someone you love can be colored by previous painful losses in your life, including job loss, divorce, disabling injury, or even the loss of a community of friends or family after moving to a new location. In addition, unresolved or unacknowledged losses exert their influence on how you react to a new loss. Often, the losses that have the greatest impact occur during childhood. In a sense, later losses expand upon the earlier ones, building a larger and larger wall of grief to cope with. Earlier losses, if left unaddressed, can exaggerate your response to a new loss.

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