For many, experiences of loss and grief have been at the forefront of their encounter with the COVID-19 pandemic. Losing someone close at any time can be incredibly distressing; however, the circumstances surrounding the pandemic may have made this experience even more difficult. Everyone experiences loss and grief in very different ways; there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to grieve. It is common to experience a wide range of feelings when someone dies. You may also experience various physical sensations or notice yourself behaving differently to how you normally would.

Below are some common feelings, behaviours and physical sensations experienced when grieving:


FeelingsBehavioursPhysical sensations
SadnessConcerns that you are ‘going mad’ due to unusual experiences – hearing, seeing or feeling the person who has diedChanges to appetite
ShockCrying frequentlyDigestive upset
AnxietyFeeling unable to cryDifficulties sleeping
FearRepeatedly thinking about the events surrounding the deathNightmares
ConfusionOutbursts of angerBeing forgetful
AngerFinding socialising difficultDifficulties concentrating
RegretNot wanting to do hobbies or interestsFeeling restless
ShameA general feeling of mental and physical exhaustion
GuiltFeeling panicky – dizzy, breathless
IrritabilityIncreased vulnerability to illness

Can we help you?

The Healthier Together Support Network (HTSN) can offer advice and support on a range of issues. The challenges affecting your wellbeing may be unrelated to COVID-19; however, you may still benefit from a conversation with our team. The support offered by the HTSN is confidential and separate from mental health and Occupational Health Services.

Useful resources

Cruse Bereavement Care

Has lots of helpful and supportive resources for individuals who are struggling with loss and grief –