Coping with grief and loss

Grief is a natural and normal response to loss that we’ll all experience at some stage in our lives. It describes the painful emotions that we feel when we lose someone or something that we care deeply about – for example, a friend or relative, a job or career we love, a sudden loss of mobility or a romantic relationship. These feelings can be overwhelming at times and you might initially wonder how they’ll ever pass.

The range of emotions experienced by someone who is grieving can vary, and it’s important to remember that there’s no right or wrong way to feel. Some people report feelings of shock, sadness, anger, and guilt. Others might find themselves going through a period of denial, where they are unable to fully accept what has happened. Your loss is personal to you, so remember that no matter what you’re feeling, your emotions are perfectly valid.

For several decades, psychologists have attempted to explain the grieving process by using a five-stage model. This describes the stages of grief as: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. The model isn’t perfect – in that it cannot set out exactly how the grieving process will be for everyone. But it may provide you with some comfort, by helping you to make sense of some of your emotions, and to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You can read more about the five stages of grief, here.

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