This is a response to loss. It is psychological and spiritual. It is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one. Any form of loss, however, will take us into some degree of reactive depression: loss of property, job, reputation, meaning, a marriage, control, freedom. Reactive depression will affect all of us. Everyone is going to be affected by loss by varying degrees throughout our lives.
Our losses need to be properly grieved. It takes time to put them into proper perspective. Patience and quiet faith are vital healing factors. Unresolved grief will sustain REACTIVE DEPRESSION.
It is tempting to try and short-circuit the pain of loss and grief inappropriately: premature marriage after the loss of spouse,
for example. The process of grief is a search for meaning, rediscovering our values, adjusting to and accepting the new situation. It is letting go.