The Impact of Grief

Grief impacts us in many ways.


  • Guilt/Regret
  • Fear (this could happen again)
  • Anger (at the person/medical system/person responsible)
  • Numbness/Shock
  • Shame (if manner of death involved crime/drugs/suicide)
  • Relief (if the person was suffering; was abusive/bad relationship)


  • Inability to concentrate/make decisions
  • Easily confused and forgetful
  • Disorganized
  • Denial/Disbelief
  • Constantly thinking about the death
  • Loss of hope/not wanting to go on living
  • Only remembering the good things/qualities of deceased


  • Feeling left out/Different
  • Change in peer relationships
  • Isolation
  • Withdrawal (of yourself or of others from you)


  • Crying
  • Changes in sleep
  • Headaches
  • Stomachache/Nausea
  • Changes in appetite (increase/decrease)
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Energy loss or hyperactivity


  • Loss or questioning your faith
  • Anger at God/Belief System
  • Questioning why bad things happen
  • Looking for the meaning of life
  • Strengthened faith/discovering faith
  • Increased sense of connection with the person who died

More Information

Books and Resources on Grief

Browse the curated collection of books and other resources intended to help those who are grieving by providing insight and understanding.

Children's Grief Information

Further your understanding about the ways children are different than adults in the ways they process grief and how that changes over time.

Bereavement Resources in Michigan

The National Bereavement Resource Guide Sponsored by New York Life and The Moyer Foundation provides a compilation (PDF format) of state and local resources organized by state.

The Importance of Self-Care

Grief can be experienced in many different ways. Although there is no shortcut to healing, there are ways to take care of ourselves and help us get through each day.

If you are looking for support, we are available to help. Please call us at the office at (231) 947-6453 or by email at and talk with one of our grief support staff.