Emotional: Pain, anger, guilt, sadness, fear, anxiety, depression, feeling of going crazy, restlessness, irritability, sense of helplessness, feeling like you don’t belong
Cognitive: Disbelief, confusion, denial, memory problems, agitation, always thinking about your loved one, feeling you can’t do anything right and not caring
Behavioral: Sleep disturbances, insomnia or sudden awakening, absent-minded behavior, social withdrawal, dreams and nightmares, acting out, grief attacks, low social interest, lack of motivation, boredom, jealousy
Physical: Loss of pleasure, loss of appetite, nausea, apathy, decreased energy, decreased sexual desire or hypersexuality, lethargy, tearfulness, crying, weight loss or gain, tendency to sigh, feelings of emptiness or heaviness, feeling that something is stuck in your throat, heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, dry mouth, restlessness, rash, dizziness.
Society sees the grieving process as an event, not a process. In reality, grief is a comma, not a period. If grief is not dealt with it can increase and weaken the body, resulting in health problems. There are no hard and fast rules to handling grief. Often, it is most helpful to follow what feels healing to you and what connects you to the people and things you love.