Are there Different Stages of Grieving?

Some people believe that there are different stages of grieving but it’s not that simple.  We can’t say we are in stage two and getting ready for stage three.  Grief is just not that straight forward.

When a loved one dies our reactions to the loss are surprisingly alike but the degree of the reaction is different.  People do not go through denial, anger, bargaining with God, depression and acceptance in a certain organized order.

We experience a range of negative and positive emotions – a range of emotions that can move from one to another quickly and then back and forth. 

Your grief is truly a personal journey and you can’t plan or prepare yourself 100% for just how your loss is going to affect you emotionally. So don’t be surprised if you don’t grieve like your Mother or Sister, or follow some stages that a professional has defined.

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