Common Signs and Symptoms of Grief

Sep 20, 2017 | Articles

Remember that grief is a normal part of life. Everyone will grieve so be gentle and kind to yourself and others along the journey.


  • Sadness and crying
  • Loneliness or anxiety
  • Frustration and anger
  • General sense of heaviness or emptiness
  • Apathy, inertia or listlessness
  • Shock and numbness
  • Guilt over things you did or didn’t say
  • Yearning and pining
  • Relief


  • Preoccupation with thoughts about loss
  • Absent-minded: unable to concentrate
  • Disbelief and denial
  • Disconnected or lack of interest
  • Worry
  • Disorientation
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Sense of things not being real


  • Lack of energy, fatigue
  • Muscular pain or weakness
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the throat or chest
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
  • Hollowness in the stomach or nausea
  • Constipation, diarrhea or heartburn
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Changes to libido or menstrual cycle


  • Loss of temporal awareness
  • Restlessness or over activity
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lack of interest in current affairs
  • Avoidance of reminders of how things used to be
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Crying sometimes uncontrollably
  • Crying in unexpected circumstances
  • Acting out of character
  • Losing or misplacing things
  • Absent-minded behavior
  • Short term memory loss