Symptoms of Grief

Because grief can be so painful, and seem overwhelming, it scares us. Many people worry if they are grieving in the "right" way, and wonder if the feelings they have are normal.

Most people who suffer a loss experience one or more of the following:

  • Feel tightness in the throat or heaviness in the chest
  • Have an empty feeling in their stomach and changes in appetite
  • Feel guilty at times, and angry at others
  • Feel restless and look for activity, but find it difficult to concentrate
  • Feel as though the loss is not real; that it did not really happen
  • Sense the loved one's presence (like finding themselves expecting the person to come home at the usual time, hearing his/her voice, seeing his/her face, or seeing their loved one in a dream)
  • Wander aimlessly, forgetting and not finishing things they have started to do around the house
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Assume mannerisms or traits of their loved one
  • Experience an intense preoccupation with the life of the deceased
  • Feel angry at the deceased for leaving them
  • Feel as though they need to take care of other people who seem uncomfortable around them, by not talking about their true feelings of loss
  • Need to tell, retell, and remember things about the loved one and the experience of their death
  • Feel their mood changes over the slightest things
  • Cry at unexpected times

It is important to remember that everyone grieves differently. However, if you have concerns about your grief, or how someone else is grieving, please feel free to contact a member of the Social Service Department at Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice (574-372-3401).

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