How to Deal With Grief
How does grief differ
Depression is more than a feeling
of grief after losing someone
or something you love. Clinical
depression is a whole body
disorder. It can take over the way
you think and feel. Symptoms of
• A sad, anxious, or “empty”
mood that won’t go away
• Loss of interest in what you
used to enjoy
• Low energy, fatigue, feeling
• Changes in sleep patterns
• Loss of appetite, weight loss, or
• Trouble concentrating,
remembering, or making
• Feeling hopeless or gloomy
• Feeling guilty, worthless, or
• Thoughts of death or suicide or
a suicide attempt
• Recurring aches and pains that
don’t respond to treatment.
What is grief?
Grief is the normal response of sorrow, emotion, and confusion that comes
from losing someone or something important to you. It is a natural part of
life. Grief is a typical reaction to death, divorce, job loss, a move away from
family and friends, or loss of good health due to illness.
How does grief feel?
Just after a death or loss, you may feel empty and numb, as if you are in
shock. You may notice physical changes such as trembling, nausea, trouble
breathing, muscle weakness, dry mouth, or trouble sleeping and eating.
You may become angry—at a situation, a particular person, or just angry
in general. Almost everyone in grief also experiences guilt. Guilt is often
expressed as “I could have, I should have, and I wish I would have”
People in grief may have strange dreams or nightmares, be absent-minded,
withdraw socially, or lack the desire to return to work. While these feelings
and behaviors are normal during grief, they will pass.
How long does grief last?
Grief lasts as long as it takes you to accept and learn to live with your loss. For
some people, grief lasts a few months. For others, grieving may take years.
The length of time spent grieving is different for each person. There are many
reasons for the differenc