THE BEGINNING OF A NEW PHASE:

COPING WITH GRIEF


The funeral is the beginning of a new phase.

It will introduce a number of emotions which you may have tried to hide.

Below is a guide to the five stages of grief and the emotions which you may need to address in the aftermath of the death of a loved one.

 

Denial

Why did this happen? Why did it happen now? Life can make no sense sometimes. It’s a question that millions have asked after the death of a loved one. It’s a normal and healthy part of the healing process.

Anger

You may feel compelled to blame others or yourself. The anger is natural and it’s something to hold onto in the midst of chaos. You’re feeling stressed as well which can add to the anger. It’s a bridge toward moving ahead and it should be felt rather than suppressed, with safe and healthy outlets.

Bargaining

The stage of bargaining revolves primarily around an attempt to regain control. You make compromises and promises in your head, you think about how things could have been different or what you could have done differently. It’s an attempt to regain control. You can switch from one stage to another through the grief process.

Depression

Depression can be an alienating stage of grief because you isolate yourself, blame yourself, and worry about the burdens you carry. The good thing is that you can rely on the support of your loved ones to help begin the process of out depression and into healing.

Acceptance

A calming moment of clarity will come. For some, sooner than later. It is that moment of acceptance and it is rather beautiful. You have allowed yourself the opportunity to fully accept what has transpired, manage your emotions, and immerse yourself in the light of your life again.

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