It is not unusual for people to feel that the emotions associated with long-term pain are like those after a bereavement. Living with persistent pain often brings with it many losses.
I have lost so much because of pain. My work, friendships, the plans I had for myself. I feel like I’m grieving.
For an article about the psychological stages of adapting to long term pain, based on ideas about stages of grief click here
Here is a booklet containing lots of different people’s experiences of loss and chronic illness, and ideas about coping with it (click on image below)