Grief and Loss - Address The Natural Processes / Help Yourself and Others Cope

griefGrief is a normal and natural response to loss. A loss doesn’t always mean the death of a loved one, but it can also be an end of a relationship, leaving home, or the loss of financial security. It is often discussed that there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These stages can happen in any order but are typically in the order listed.

With these five stages of grief there are common symptoms for each. After a loss, it can be hard to accept what happened and you will experience shock and disbelief. It is common to try and convince yourself that what had happened really didn’t. Often, people try to find responsibility for their loss, and at times will place that responsibility on something or someone else, even if the loss was nobody’s fault.

It is important to understand and deal with your grief in a positive way. It is often a hard undertaking to deal with a loss by yourself, don’t be afraid to seek help and get support from friends, family members, or support groups.