Grief Symptoms

Grief symptoms are different for each person and can even be different for the same person during different seasons of grief.

The bereaved frequently report the experience of having "waves of grief" that come and go, in a sometimes unpredictable fashion.

Common Symptoms of Grief

Physical Symptoms of Grief:

  • disturbances in sleep patterns
  • fatigue
  • restlessness
  • nausea
  • pain & tension in the body
  • decreased immune system
  • difficulty stopping activity
  • inactivity
  • unusual clumsiness

    Emotional Symptoms of Grief:

  • crying
  • sadness
  • fear & anxiety
  • numbness and/or emptiness
  • loneliness
  • anger
  • helplessness
  • irritability
  • a sense of observing yourself
  • guilt
  • reduced confidence
  • lowered self esteem
  • loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities

    Cognitive Manifestations of Grief:

  • slowed thinking or processing
  • difficulty making decisions
  • mental confusion
  • daydreams or flashbacks
  • talking to the deceased loved one

    Spiritual Manifestations of Grief:

  • a sense of closeness to God
  • a sense of distance from God
  • anger at God
  • isolation from one's spiritual community
  • sensing the deceased loved one's presence

    Social Manifestations of Grief:

  • isolation/withdrawal
  • preoccupation with one's own feelings and needs to the exclusion of others'
  • marital or relationship stress
  • loss of interest in sex
  • impatience with others who are also grieving the same loss due to different grieving styles

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