Grief is the emotional response to loss. Grief can be about the loss of a loved one due to death or divorce. It can be from the loss of a job, a pet, financial stability, or the loss of feeling safe after trauma. Feelings of grief can be overwhelming and can be hard to know manage.
Everyone experiences loss differently based on their personality, culture, and beliefs; among many other factors.
Common symptoms of grief include:
- Shock and Disbelief: Feeling numb about the event, having trouble believing it happened, or denying it.
- Sadness: Crying, or having feelings of emptiness, despair, yearning, or loneliness.
- Guilt: Regret over things unsaid or undone, feeling responsible for the death or the event, or feeling shame.
- Anger: Blaming someone or something for unfairness.
- Fear: Feelings of anxiety, helplessness, or insecurity.
- Physical Symptoms: Fatigue, nausea, weight loss or gain, aches and pains, and insomnia.