Your feelings

There are many words people use to describe the emotions and physical symptoms they feel after the death of a close relative or friend. You may experience some or all of these feelings. You may have them at different times and in different ways. But you may not have any of them, and you may experience your grief differently.

Although they may be extremely difficult and painful, they are all natural. No one can take away the pain and anguish you might feel. But there are different things you can try that may help.

The words below describe some of the feelings people told us they’d had after the death of a relative or friend. These are words used by people on Macmillan’s Online Community. The size of each word shows how often it was used.

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Grief is a word for how we may feel after the death of someone close to us.

How grief can affect you

You may have many different emotional and physical symptoms after your relative or friend has died.

Starting to move on

While life will change, most people find that they begin to adjust as time passes.

Prolonged grief

If you continue to find life difficult after a bereavement, it is important to get help and support.