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Normal Grief Symptoms

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

  • Memory loss

  • Issues sleeping- falling asleep, staying asleep or both

  • Nightmares or dreams of the deceased

  • Easily fatigued- grief is exhausting

  • Appetite changes

  • Crying or being tearful

  • Avoidance of people, places or things

  • Jealousy of others who are not grieving

  • Loss of interest in usual activities

  • Withdrawal

  • 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

  • Disbelief

  • Tightness in throat

  • Muscle tension

  • Headaches

  • Stomachaches

  • Tendency to sigh

  • Guilt

  • Yearning

  • Feeling of hopelessness

  • Decreased motivation

  • Relief

  • Preoccupation with deceased and events leading up to death

  • Suicidal thoughts- seek help

  • Isolating socially

  • 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. 

  • Aggression

  • 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.0438603001571938168.jpg

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2023 US RT 9
Round Lake, NY 12151 

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