What’s “normal” in grief?

What is “normal” in grief? Because we don’t usually talk about the realities of grief, most people aren’t aware of the many forms grief takes.

Normal grief covers a lot of territory. If it’s in the body or the mind – grief affects it.

This list covers some of the most common expressions of grief, but it’s definitely not everything. While your “symptoms” might feel weird to you, whatever you’re experiencing, chances are someone else has felt it too.



Even if you’ve lived through grief at other times in your life, you’ve never had to live this particular story before. Your grief might show up in interesting or confusing ways.

For more on what’s normal inside grief, check out our ongoing #PerfectlyNormalGrief series on Instagram.