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1/15/2023

Dealing With The Long Process That Is Grief

Grief, just like happiness, is an integral part of our lives. It is built in response to loss in our lives. It is the emotional pain you feel when an object, an opportunity, or a person you love is taken away. You may experience an overwhelming stream of meta emotions- shock, anger, disappointment, sadness, and disbelief. These emotions will also interfere with your physical health causing insomnia and a lack of appetite.

Coping with a loss is one of the greatest challenges of life. However, by understanding the stages of grief, you will be able to cope with your loss better. Understanding the stages of grief will help you to come to terms with your loss and to look towards the future. Even though grief is universal, different people cope with it in different ways. It doesn’t follow any timelines or schedules. But according to Elizabeth Kubler Ross, five common stages can be identified. These stages include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. It again varies from person to person on how a person navigates through the five stages of grief.

Some people may stay in one stage for years while skipping other stages differently. If you have experienced grief or know someone who has, it is important to stay compassionate and patient while allowing yourself to feel the emotions without rushing yourself. To conclude, grieving is a highly individual process and no one should be ashamed of how they grieve over their loss. Some may start to feel better in a few days while the grieving process may last years for others. No matter how the timeline looks for you, allow yourself to feel the pain. It is guaranteed that the process will heal you gradually.