Stages of Grief

Published January 30, 2015 by etain1

I am going through the stages of Grief …..

The 5 Stages of Grief

  1. NUMBNESS & DENIAL-
    The first reaction to a loss, numbness or shock can help cushion the blow and can help you get through the initial mourning rituals with the family and the funeral. This stage can last a few hours, days, or even a few weeks.
  2. YEARNING & ANGER-
    The numbness wears off, and the painful realization of the loss hits full-force; you will yearn deeply for your lost loved one. You may be angry and have regrets of things left unsaid or dreams never realized.
  3. EMOTIONAL DESPAIR, SADNESS & WITHDRAWAL-
    The storm of intense emotions of the second stage gives way to a period of heavy sadness, silence and withdrawal from family and friends.
  4. REORGANIZATION-
    Reorganization and the beginning of positive emotions- Over time, the sadness stage will start to lessen, and you will begin to see a lightening of your emotions. You will start to perceive your life in a more positive light, although bouts of grief and sadness will persist, probably for the rest of your life.
  5. LETTING GO & MOVING ON-
    The final phase of this model is to let go of your need for the lost loved one and to move on with your life. Sadness will lessen greatly, and new interests will gradually occupy your thoughts more and more, crowding out the misery and desolation. The final stage is when you “pull your life back together”.

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My layering of my journal page

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The finished product.

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