Grief

Strong feelings of loss after the death of someone close; can also have additional physical, behavioral, and cognitive manifestations.

Many disparate feelings are a natural part of the grieving process; typically it's more than just sadness.

Research shows that people typically feel a wide range of emotions, regardless if the death was expected, or if their relationship with the deceased was complicated.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Shock
  • Confusion
  • Disbelief
  • Denial
  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Anger or general irritability
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Numbness
  • Guilt
  • Relief
Sometimes, grief and Mourning are used interchangeably.

However, Mourning typically refers to the outward expression of loss, whereas Grief refers more to internal thoughts and feelings.