By Kelly Daugherty, LCSW-R, GC-C, BC-TMH
Grief is a normal, natural process and this is a list of some of the most common grief symptoms that I have seen my clients experience:
Grief Bursts- Overwhelming feeling of grief that comes out of nowhere and may not be triggered by something.
Sense of smell may become heightened
Issues sleeping- falling asleep, staying asleep or both
Nightmares or dreams of the deceased
Easily fatigued- grief is exhausting
Crying or being tearful
Avoidance of people, places or things
Jealousy of others who are not grieving
Loss of interest in usual activities
Feeling of going crazy- I used to do a grief group called: Am I Grieving or Going crazy because grief can make you feel like you are losing it, but you are not. You are Grieving.
Questioning faith or religious beliefs
Difficulty focusing or concentrating
Tightness in throat
Tendency to sigh
Feeling of hopelessness
Preoccupation with deceased and events leading up to death
Suicidal thoughts- seek help
Mood shifts- from anger to sadness to normal
Experience a multitude of feelings
Idealize the deceased- The reality is that nobody is perfect and when someone is grieving, they tend to only focus on the good.
Weakened immune system
Questioning your religious or spiritual beliefs
I like to share a list like this to grieving individuals so they can understand what they are feeling is normal and natural. In the next part of this grief series will focus on complicated grief and when an individual may benefit from professional help.