Autism and Grief (TW)
I am sharing this vulnerable moment in hope to create understanding and insight.
Many autistics are empaths (not all autistics are
I am in tune with emotions of others around me. It is like I soak the emotional vibes that are circulating around me like a sponge. I feel sadness and hopelessness intensely.
Being autistic I feel emotions very intensely, always. My emotions are always heightened.
At times I find it challenging to self regulate my intense emotions.
Self regulating and trying to understand and make sense of intense emotions is draining.
My Da went to heaven under tragic circumstances. It’s a sad moment in time that has changed lives forever. I am still seeking closure, that will come in time.
It’s been very difficult processing these emotions, it’s also been very difficult navigating the emotions of others around me.
Each day isn’t easier it just becomes different.
Things I have felt helpful while grieving.
Having a good listening ear is helpful – this means just to have someone to listen , not offer advice, not asking how you are feeling , just someone who listens while you talk and process the thoughts in your head.
Reminder to eat – when I am struggling emotionally, I forget to eat and drink , if not reminded I can go for days without food and water.
Reminisce about the fun times , share stories as a family.
Everyone grieves differently and at different rates, there is no right or wrong way .Emotions can be explosive and irrational , kindness and understanding is needed. If you are concerned about your autistic loved one, please seek professional help immediately.
*** I do not represent every autistic individual as we all experience life in different ways ***