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Recognizing Grief

Grief is a normal reaction to loss.  Children, teenagers and adults grieve differently.  Many times we do not recognize when we are in the process of grieving.  Below are common symptoms. If you are experiencing some of these symptoms it may be time to speak with a professional.

  • Physically exhausted
  • Inability to focus
  • Anger
  • Crying
  • Headache
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Feeling stuck
  • Feeling unsafe
  • Loss of purpose
  • Feelings of going crazy
  • Difficulty functioning at work, school, home
  • Social withdrawal and isolation (loneliness)
  • Continuous decline in school/work performance
  • Depression
  • Marked personality change
  • Feeling like your heart is literally broken
  • Feeling as if your world has been turned upside down


Grief is “a tidal wave that overtakes you, smashes down upon you with unimaginable force, sweeps you up into its darkness, where you tumble and crash against unidentifiable surfaces only to be thrown out on an unknown beach, bruised, reshaped.”    

Stephanie Ericsson, Companion Through the Darkness

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