Explain The Five Stages Of Grieving

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The five stages that we all normally experience during the grieving process are denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. This process and its stages are natural and not exclusive to western culture. People from all walks of life, cultures, and religions experience the same stages of grief. Denial and isolation are usually the first things we experience when someone we care about or a beloved pet dies. We also experience this when we or some one that we love is diagnosed with a terminal illness. There are a few reasons that we may automatically go into denial first. A big reason may be that our minds first instinct is to protect us from anything painful, like a person blocking out a traumatic event. Some other factors bring on our denial response could be shock or fear; in …show more content…
At this stage, we are still trying to avoid facing what is happening, so we may do things like making a deal with God. This stage always seems very desperate to me. Even when I am going through it I know that I am being irrational, but I keep thinking that there must be a way to fix it. Depression is the next stage and there are two types of depression that many of us experience. The first type comes from the loss we have experienced and guilt, because we tend to pull away from everyone during that time. The other type of depression comes from saying goodbye to a person that we will never see again. In my experience the second type of depression can linger for some time before we are able to really let go. The final stage is acceptance and it is a difficult stage to reach, but if we do we find a sense of peace and calm. We still miss our loved one and we still feel sad, but we are more in control of our emotions and we have let go of the anger that we felt. We may find that we have stopped avoiding things that remind us of the person that died. Memories become bittersweet, rather than unbearably

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