Adult Grief Information

Grief impacts us in many ways.

When grieving, we feel the effects of grief, not only in the emotional impact, but physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Here are a few effects that you may experience in yourself, or see in those around you who are grieving.

 


Emotionally:

Guilt
Fear (this could happen again)
Anger (at the person/medical system/person responsible)
Numbness/Shock
Regret
Shame (if manner of death involved crime/drugs/suicide)
Relief (if the person was suffering; was abusive/bad relationship)

 

 

 

 


Mentally:

Inability to concentrate/make decisions
Easily confused and forgetful
Disorganized
Denial/Disbelief that the person is dead
Constantly thinking about the death
Loss of hope/not wanting to go on living
Only remembering the good things/qualities of deceased

 

 

 

 

 

 

Socially:

Feeling left out/Different
Change in peer relationships
Isolation
Withdrawal (of yourself or of others from you)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physically:

Crying
Changes in sleep
Headaches
Stomachache/Nausea
Changes in appetite (increase/decrease)
Weight gain/loss
Energy loss or hyperactivity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spiritually:

Loss or questioning your faith
Anger at God/Belief System
Questioning why bad things happen
Looking for the meaning of life
Strengthened faith/discovering faith
Increased sense of connection with the person who died

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for support, we are available to help. Please call us at the office at (231) 947-6453 or by email at GoodGrief@MyMichaelsPlace.net and talk with one of our grief support staff.