After the death, it is natural to feel grief. Although this journey is different for everyone, most people go through similar stages. Every story and every relationship are unique; there is no single way or set amount of time to grieve.

Physical reactions to grief

  • Increase or loss or appetite
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Dizziness
  • Digestive issues
  • Difficulty sleeping

Mental and emotional reactions to grief

  • Loss of motivation and loss of pleasure
  • Great sadness, dispair, withdrawal
  • Inability to think about something else
  • Feeling of emptiness

Spiritual reactions to grief

  • Blaming a higher power
  • Loss of meaning of life
  • Desire to die and join the deceased
  • Existential pondering

Tips to make grieving easier

  • Accept taking the time you need to grieve.
  • Be patient and caring toward yourself.
  • Take time to do things you like.
  • Turn to a support network.
  • Confide in someone and express your feelings.
  • Take care of your physical health.
  • Respect your limits.
  • Avoid the overconsumption of alcohol or medications.
  • Learn about grief.