Grief Symptoms

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

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

Click the video and / or read below to learn more about the manifestation of grief in several realms:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Cognitive
  • Spiritual
  • Social

Common Grief Symptoms

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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