What to Anticipate When You Are Grieving
What are common responses when someone you love passes away?
Grief can be agonizing and overpowering, and sometimes scary. As you grieve, you may have anxiety about your responses. You may wonder if your feelings and responses are usual. Below are some of the commonly felt grief reactions as described by many people in mourning.
You may sense a range of emotions:
Sadness or hopelessness that comes and goes suddenly
Nervousness about life without your loved one
Guilt or anger over things done and said, or things not done and said
Appreciation that your loved one’s suffering is over
Rejecting that the loss actually occurred
Relief that you no longer have to be concerned
You may experience feelings such as:
Tightness in the throat
Heaviness in the chest
Loss of appetite
Sensing your loved one’s presence
Hearing your loved one’s voice
You may act out of character:
Crying at unexpected times
Assuming the mannerisms or traits of your loved one
Exploding in anger
Telling and retelling stories about your loved one
These are all typical grief reactions. You are not going wild when you feel them. You are grieving because you dared to love.