What Grief Might Feel Like
Grief is an individual experience. As a person with autism, you may experience grief differently than other people around you.
Differences in the way people grieve sometimes create tension within families and among friends. There are no right or wrong ways to grieve unless they cause harm to you or someone else.
Here are some of the many grief reactions you may experience.
• Disconnection from feelings
• Increased emotional outbursts
• Increased sensory sensitivity
• A need to spend time alone
• A need to keep busy
• Feeling that others don’t understand you
• Trouble communicating your feelings or trouble finding the right ways to express them
• Missing the person who has died
• Loss of appetite or increased appetite
• Sleeplessness or sleepiness
• Trouble concentrating
• Just not feeling like yourself
• Questions about your faith beliefs
• Difficulty coping or coping skills not helping as much
• Less energy to socialize
• Physical problems that are new and bothersome. Any physical concerns should be checked out by a doctor who knows about the death.
Grief might feel overwhelming or you may not feel anything at all. One day you could feel like nothing is different. The next day you could feel horrible. Feelings of grief may hit you suddenly and unexpectedly, even years after the death.