Grief and the body

“Grief is a whole-body experience.” - Christina Chipriano

Grief can have a wide range of physical effects:

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Digestion issues
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Changes in appetite
  • Back pain
  • Difference in energy levels
  • Joint pain
  • Overall muscle pain

Grief can really take a toll physically on people. We hear all the time from people that grief can make you feel exhausted, like you really can’t get out of bed. Grief can change your appetite, so people often talk about not wanting to eat for weeks at a time after the death of a loved one. Grief can also cause inflammation in the body, so you often hear of individuals having health issues after the death of a loved one, and we believe there may actually be a biological cause to that. . .