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The Experience of Grief

 

People have many different responses to grief. This is a list of commonly experienced feelings, thoughts, physical sensations and behaviours, which describes a broad range of normal responses. Not all responses will be experienced during a loss.

 

Feelings:

Shock

Numbness

Sadness

Anger

Guilt

Anxiety

Loneliness

Edginess and irritability

Fear

Fatigue

Yearning

Relief

Thoughts:

Disbelief

Confusion

Disorientation

Preoccupation

Visions of deceased

Sense of presence of deceased

 

Physical Symptoms:

 

Lack of energy

Digestive upsets

Nausea

Irregular heartbeat

Breathlessness

Weakness in the muscles

Hollowness in the stomach

Tightness in the chest

Oversensitivity to noise

Sense of unreality

Sexual disturbances

 

Behaviours:

 

Crying - sometimes uncontrollably for long periods

Sleep disturbance

Appetite disturbances

Absentmindedness

Social withdrawal from other people

Dreaming of the deceased

Avoidance of reminders of the deceased person

Searching for deceased

Sighing and pining

Restless over activity

Treasuring objects belonging to the deceased

 

 

 

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