What Does Grief Feel Like?

Many emotions can arise after the death of a loved one or other experience that leads you to feel grief. However, no matter the cause, the feelings that come with grief can last for a long time, appear in surges, and may even make you feel alone and misunderstood by those around you. It is a process, and you may like you are an observer of your emotions if you don’t know how to process your feelings and experiences.

It is important that when something happens to trigger grief, you know what you may feel and how to process these feelings. Knowing which emotions are likely to arise before they happen can sometimes help our healing process and help us validate our feelings and, therefore, be a little kinder to ourselves.

Emotions and Experiences Frequently Associated With Grief

Please note that these are only four possible emotions commonly associated with grief that our memorial jewellery, handwriting jewellery and photo jewellery customers have commonly experienced. You may experience all or none of these emotions during your grieving process. You may also find that your feelings change over the years or become overpowering during certain times, such as Christmas or Mother’s Day. Although there is a general pattern of the five stages of grief many people experience, there are no right or wrong ways to feel grief.


Most people will experience shock or numbness at the start of their grieving as it may be challenging to process the death of a loved one or other loss. You may act as though nothing has happened and go about your daily life. This can typically occur when the death is unexpected, and therefore, it is not unlikely that this experience may take a longer time to process. It is okay to feel this way, as this is an entirely normal feeling when dealing with grief.


Many people deal with guilt when someone that they love dies. This emotion can happen if you had a complicated relationship with your lost loved one or if you felt as though you could have changed the outcome of their death.

It is important to know that guilt is expected, although it can be confusing emotion. If you feel this way, it is important to talk with someone you trust, such as a close friend, your GP, or a therapist. Speaking about your experiences with guilt can help you process the grief and acknowledge that death is not your fault.


It is common that you could experience feelings of depression after losing someone close to you, which can lead you to feel alone, helpless, and lost. Depression can be an overwhelming experience and can be highly detrimental to your mental well-being. Getting out of the house, processing your emotions with the help of professional support, and seeing other people can help encourage you to help you continue along your healing process.

Physical pain or sickness

The emotional toll that the death of a loved one can take on you will likely cause a reaction to your body. These feelings can affect your sleeping habits, appetite, and anxiety levels. All of which are important to maintain your quality of life and allow you to deal with grief.

Coping With Feelings of Grief

It’s no secret it can be hard to overcome losing a loved one and processing the grief that comes with it. However, it’s important to know which emotions you may likely experience and how to overcome them during this awful time. They may be overwhelming at times but with a good support system, you can cope with the grief. Investing in one of the Inscripture Memorial Jewellery items, such as a Handwriting Bracelet, Photo Necklace or piece of Fingerprint Jewellery, can help you when you feel a wave of one of these emotions occur. Many of our customers have reported that holding their Ashes Jewellery has helped calm their minds and think of their loved one and the lovely memories they shared together.