Crying is a natural response to loss. When you are
grieving, a sad movie, a simple greeting, or even a
smile can cause you to cry.
As an expression of grief, crying serves many functions by:
Helping to release emotions. Many people report
that they feel better after crying. Some people say they need to cry to release
their emotions, and doing so helps them handle the demands placed upon
Helping you adapt to sad situations.
other people know that you feel pain and need comfort. Crying is a socially
acceptable way to express anger, fear, or shame.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerSidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry Jean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH - Geriatric Medicine, Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine