I have become aware my memory is not as good since I lost my husband, not memories, just something I’ve done or have to do and it’s completely blank. I started to wonder if there was a connection to grief and it appears there is so. I will paste some of the text and hope you find some reassurance if you too are finding recall a problem. I’m pretty sure the fact that we may not rest/sleep as well is a factor too.
Memory loss, confusion, an inability to concentrate or focus – these things are all normal inside grief. They do tend to be temporary, but they last a lot longer than you would think.
For a lot of people, it’s a few years before their entire cognitive capacity comes back to any recognizable form. There are losses in that too. Some of those losses are temporary and some of them mean your mind is just different as you move forward. The thing to remember is that physiologically, your body has experienced a trauma. Your brain is working hard to make sense of something that can’t ever make sense. All of those mental circuits that used to fire so clearly are trying their best to relate to this entirely changed world.