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Autism and Grief

Autistic Grief Doesn't Have to Look Like Neurotypical Grief


  • We may not show grief the way that you do. This doesn’t mean that we are grieving any less.

  • Experiencing a sudden loss that you cannot control may make routines extremely important. Give yourself what you need.

  • When grieving our executive function or ability to concentrate and execute tasks may become impossible. Be kind to yourself.

  • Some may have difficulty connecting with emotions immediately and may have a delayed response or an extreme response. That’s ok!

  • When we are experiencing grief, it can become harder to mask our autistic traits. Please allow yourself space for this.

  • It’s a myth that we cannot feel emotions like grief. We may express emotions differently but it does not mean that they are not there.

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