Beyond the seven stages: how to deal with grief
We’ve all heard of the seven stages of grief: shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing and acceptance. However, losing a loved one can conjure a range of emotions, and as much as we’d like them to fit into a neat, linear cycle, this isn’t always the case. Grief is a personal journey, meaning you may not experience the defined steps in order. Looking beyond the seven stages, here are some tips for what to expect in your bereavement.
Give yourself some space
Grief can be messy and confusing, and sometimes it can feel like your emotions are riding a rollercoaster. So give yourself some space and time to process what you are going through, be gentle with your self-expectations, and be proactive with your self-care. It’s essential to listen to your body’s needs in this space, whether it needs a peaceful walk or to rest in bed; it knows what’s best for you.
It’s different every time
You may have gone through grief before, but it’s different every time you experience it. Depending on the bereavement, it will raise various emotions and on different timescales. Remember that this process is normal; you are not alone. Reach out for help if you’re struggling, whether it’s to a friend or seeking a professional’s advice.
You will get through this
As cliche as it sounds, there is another side to grief which the seven stages term acceptance. It doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is okay now, that life goes back to the way it was before, but it does mean you can start to move forwards. The days get a little easier, and your steps get a little lighter.
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