People can react in many different ways. Everyone is different and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. In the hours, days and weeks after a bereavement it’s quite normal and common to experience some of these different reactions.
Different reactions to bereavement
Feel low, lonely or empty sometimes.
Cry a lot and feel overwhelming sorrow.
Feel dazed and have difficulty taking in what’s happening.
Have difficulty coping and need lots of support.
Feel anxious and experience physical symptoms like dizziness and rapid heartbeat.
Feel disorientated or forget things.
Feel disbelief like ‘it’s not really happening’.
Feel panicky and worry more.
Find it harder to cope when things go wrong.
That your loved one isn’t suffering anymore.
Want to blame someone or something.
About things you did or didn’t do.
Numbness or show lack of emotions
Feel unable to cry or put off strong emotions by keeping busy.