Normal Grief Responses

Most people who suffer a loss experience one or more of the following:

Feel tightness in the throat or heaviness in the chest.

Have an empty feeling in their stomach and lose their appetite.

Feel guilty at times, and angry at others.

Feel restless and look for activity but find it difficult to concentrate.

Feel as though the loss isn’t real, that it didn’t actually happen.

Sense the loved one’s presence, like finding themselves expecting the person to walk through the door at the usual time, hearing their voice, or seeing their face.

Wander aimlessly and forget and don’t finish things they’ve started to do.

Have difficulty sleeping, and dram of their loved one frequently.

Assume mannerisms or traits of their loved one.

Experience an intense preoccupation with the life of the deceased.

Feel guilty or angry over things that happened or didn’t happen in the relationship with the deceased.

Feel intensely angry at the loved one for leaving them.

Feel as though they need to take care of other people who seem uncomfortable around them, by politely not talking about feeling of loss.

Need to tell and re-tell and remember things about the loved one and the experience of their death.

Feel their mood change over the slightest things.

Cry at unexpected times.

Important: These are all natural and normal grief responses. It will be helpful even though it hurts, to cry and talk with people when you need to.

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