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
disturbances in sleep patterns
pain & tension in the body
decreased immune system
difficulty stopping activity
Physical Symptoms of Grief:
fear & anxiety
numbness and/or emptiness
a sense of observing yourself
lowered self esteem
loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
Emotional Symptoms of Grief:
slowed thinking or processing
difficulty making decisions
daydreams or flashbacks
talking to the deceased loved one
Cognitive 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
Spiritual Manifestations of Grief:
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
Social Manifestations of Grief:
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