URIDU Health Family Work

How can loss and death damage my mental health?

When a woman loses someone or something important - a loved one, her work, her home, or a close friendship - she may feel overwhelmed with grief. This can also happen if she becomes ill or develops a disability.

Grieving is a natural response that helps a person adjust to loss and death. But if a woman faces many losses at once, or if she already has a lot of daily stress, she may begin to develop mental health problems. This can also happen if a woman is unable to grieve in traditional ways - for example, if she has been forced to move to a new community where her traditions are not practiced.