Normal Grief Reactions

There is no right way to grieve. People who have experienced grief describe some or all of the following. It is completely normal to feel any of these feelings. It is also normal not to feel them.

You may feel:

  • Empty inside
  • Exhausted
  • Relieved
  • Guilty
  • Angry or out of control
  • Resentful
  • Confused
  • Peace

You may experience:

  • Tightness in your throat
  • Mood swings
  • Crying more than usual
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Eating all the time or loss of appetite
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Difficulty making decisions

You may find yourself:

  • Working too much
  • Lacking energy
  • Wanting to withdraw and be alone
  • Getting sick more than usual
  • Having a hard time being alone
  • Sensing your loved one’s presence
  • Living in the past
  • Wondering if you will ever feel OK again

Remember all these responses are normal. Many people find that this is a time when the help of others can make a difference.


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