Before I answer this, it is important to clarify that there is no such thing as “normal grief”. Everyone grieves in their own way. The term “normal grief” is more of an umbrella term for responses that are more common and, therefore, more predictable. Grief can hit you emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually… you name it! As a result, “normal grief” can include, but is not limited to: longing for, dreaming about, or being preoccupied with your loss, sadness, depression, crying, anger, fatigue, guilt, loss of interest in once pleasurable things, denial, despair, emotional reactivity, insomnia, confusion and disorganization, inability to concentrate, meaninglessness, withdrawal, avoidance, overreacting, numbness, relief, fear, shame, loneliness, helplessness, hopelessness, emptiness, loss of appetite, weight gain, passing hallucinations and more. Honestly, the only thing “normal” in grief is that it can impact in any amount of ways and last for any amount of time. However, it is also important to note that “normal grief” gradually makes its way toward acceptance and a general return to living an everyday life.