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The Physical Effects of Grief

Grief is something we will all inevitably experience during our lifetime, whether it be from the loss of a loved one, a personal dream, or of a relationship. Usually we think of the psychological effects of grief. It is important to understand the physical effects of grief as well.


1. Immune system

Grief has shown to negatively affect your immune system. One study showed that adults who had suffered from loss showed a weaker immune system compared to adults who hadn’t. A poor immune system may lead to a higher risk of contracting illnesses. Another study showed that adults who had lost a child suffered additionally from problems like colds, flu, headaches, anxiety, infections, depression, and angina.

2. Depression

Depression is likely to occur after a loss. Depression is an extensive period of grief, to the point at which daily activities m