ALTHOUGH THE PROCESS IS INDIVIDUAL, there are some common grief reactions that may be helpful for you to know. These are the normal and expected reactions to your loss. Sometimes it is difficult for others, who are concerned about you, to see these behaviors in you. Show them this booklet to reassure them that what you are experiencing is normal.

You may sleep a great deal, or be unable to sleep.
Your appetite may increase or decrease.
It may be difficult to concentrate, or remember things, or your judgment may be impaired.
You may lack motivation to get even the most mundane daily tasks completed.
You may be very irritable or “on edge”.
You may have the need to tell the story of the death over and over again.
You may experience unpredictable crying.
You may be fearful even in situations you are familiar with and have felt safe in.