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The Stages of Grief One Must Go Through Before Healing

Updated on September 1, 2012

When someone suffers a loss such as the death of a loved one, loss of a job or the loss of their home, they must go through the different stages of grief before they can truly recover. I read about all this when I was helping my daughter do a project for her health class. I thought it was very interesting and worth sharing.

STAGES OF GRIEF AFTER SUFFERING A LOSS

STAGE ONE: SHOCK

A stage right after learning of the loss.

It is a period of numbed disbelief. A person may try to deny what has happened to avoid the pain or being overwhelmed. The Shock Stage provides emotional protection. This stage can last for weeks.

STAGE TWO: ANGER

A necessary period of the healing process.

It can be extended towards friends, relatives and/or God. One can be angry with the person at fault or at God for letting the loss happen. The anger can even be toward oneself for allowing the loss to happen. The person questions, “why me?” The anger helps the person shift away from overwhelming pain to a new focus: ANGER

STAGE THREE: BARGAINING

In this stage, the grieving person shifts away from anger and starts to bargain. They think that if they do something differently their loss could be reversed. For example, they might ask God, “If I never drink again, will you bring back my loved one?”

STAGE FOUR: SADNESS

In this stage, the person might be feeling emptiness, despair and loneliness. They may experience a lot of crying and feel emotionally unstable. They are so sad they may not want to go out, eat or speak to others.

STAGE FIVE: ACCEPTANCE

In this stage, anger, sadness and grief begin to taper off. The person begins to accept the loss and the reality of what has happened. This does not mean the person will be instantly happy, but they are moving forward.

"After a hurricane comes a rainbow" - Katy Perry - Firework

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    • bizzymom profile imageAUTHOR

      bizzymom 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks!

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      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      Well said...I agree for the above.

      Voted up!!

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