Topic Overview

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.
  • Letting
    other people know that you feel pain and need comfort. Crying is a socially
    acceptable way to express anger, fear, or shame.

Related Information


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD – Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Jean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH – Geriatric Medicine,
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine

Current as ofOctober 6, 2017