What are the Stages of Grief

Stages of grief defines a person’s behavioral patterns in different condition of losses. However, different people may go through different stages in a different manner depending upon their inner strength and weakness.

A good knowledge of varied stages of grief can help people get aware of their behavior patterns, help them handle their grief with more ease and heal them faster.

With a sudden shock like death or bad news can make a person suffer from extreme pain. The agonizing and unbearable pain makes a person choose alternate means like drugs and alcohol to relieve grief and pain. Similarly a regret or guilt feeling for the loved ones can also make a person feel creepy, sad, chaotic and disheartened. In extreme case this guilt can also lead to a sudden death or suicide.

One of the stages of grief is depression or frustration which is often accompanied with anger. At this stage a person may try to blame others or self for a suffering, loss or a death. It is necessary to help a person come out of their emotions that are bottled up during a loss period so as to avoid any irretrievable damage to their relationships and their mental health too.

A person may face a long term sad reflection due to any permanent loss. He or she may also be unaffected with any motivation or encouragement given by friends and relatives. With the past memories and an emptiness feeling a person becomes more despair with grief. This is time when a person also tends to realize the enormity of the loss that is depressing him or her and thus isolates from the world.

Many times a person may try to hide or deny the extreme loss or grief to avoid showing the pain or suffering to self and others. Shock is another kind of an emotional protection for people who tend to get overwhelmed with intense grief. A Shock may take a longer time of recovery.

In the last stage a person may try to accept the grief. However, this does not necessarily reveal any instant feeling of happiness. A recent turmoil can never easily convert to a carefree happy and trouble free life that existed before the happening of an uneven situation. A person may try to look forward to new plans but still feel sad and disheartened for the past happenings.

Any emotional outburst or depression can make a person take wrong decisions in life. Thus, it is always better to delay any important matter or decision until you are relieved from a profound grief.

One of the best ways is to have a grief session with your children, friends or relatives who are experiencing any long term depression, resentment, or anger. Spirituality is also one of the means to get a good relief and solace from grief.