Understanding the 5 Stages of Grief

By: Louis Bruno
Monday, November 27, 2017

Around 30 years ago, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross described something called the “5 Stages of Grief” in her book “On Death and Dying.” Since then, people have started to use this guideline to understand how individuals go through the grieving process. Of course, no one really follows a set pattern when they’re grieving and most will find their own way to heal.

1. Denial

Denial is the first instinctive response to any kind of bad news. People immediately want to reject it and for the brief moment, they believe that rejecting the idea of loss will undo that loss. This is a part of the healthy coping mechanism but it shouldn’t last too long.

2. Anger

After denial comes anger. People believe their loss is unfair and the entire world should be mourning with them. They become frustrated with friends, family, and even strangers. This is also a healthy and instinctive response. Anger can last for a long time, especially if the circumstances of the loss are abrupt and traumatic.

3. Bargaining

This is the realm of “what ifs” and “if onlys”. People look back and rethink every action, trying to understand if they could’ve done anything differently. It’s also a time when grieving individuals focus on the past instead of focusing on the present.

4. Depression

This is the last stage before acceptance and it’s a state of intense sadness and pain. It can last for a few days or several months. People experience numbness, apathy, disinterest, and general sadness during this stage of grieving.

5. Acceptance

This is the start of the healing process. Grieving individuals finally accept their loss and start moving forward. This is where they understand that loss has happened but it doesn’t have to control every aspect of their life.

If you want to know more about the grieving process, don’t hesitate to contact us at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home. We’ll be happy to answer your questions. 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the letters you see in the image.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Pre-Planning Your Funeral

Most people don’t know what’s involved in funeral planning until they’re forced to participate in one. People don’t want to think about death or prepare for it, which can sometimes cause more troub...

Digital Life After Death - What You Need to Know

Most people have social media accounts, online bank accounts, profiles, personal digital files, personal digital conversations, and other such online assets. Some information in these assets are de...

The Importance Of A Funeral Procession

When you think of funeral processions; long rows of cars, large crowds, and important people come to mind. But this process is also a part of regular funerals involving a small group of family and ...

How to Help a Friend Through the Grieving Process

Watching a friend grieve is never easy. You want to offer help, support them in their time of pain, but don’t how to approach the situation. At Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home, we have seen many fri...

Benefits of Planning Your Funeral While You’re Still Alive

The prospect of planning a funeral is already unpleasant; few want to actually plan their own while they’re living and hoping for a long life. However, there are a number of benefits of pre-plannin...

4 Unique Ways to Memorialize a Loved One

Saying goodbye for the last time can be challenging and most people want to give their loved ones a proper send off. There are many unique and interesting ways to memorialize your loved one, honori...

A Guide to the Benefits Available to Veterans

The military provides veterans with a number of benefits and funeral benefits are one of them. It’s vital that veterans and their family members be aware of what these benefits are, and what kind o...

Pre-Planning: The Time is Now

It’s rare to find a person that proactively thinks about their death and how their funeral service should be conducted etc. If you are in good health you may feel that the concept of pre-planning a...

Techniques for Handling Challenging Anniversaries after a Death

Anniversaries are important milestones in a person’s life. For example, a marriage anniversary is a special day to celebrate a lifelong commitment. Such events ensure you don’t take life for grante...

Online Grief Support Resources

Dealing with the death of a loved one can be a long, painful, and lonely process. Many people are forced to ignore their own grief and be brave for the more vulnerable members of their family. This...