Everybody has grieved at one point or another. Whether it be from the global pandemic, that’s caused you to stay inside, or loss of a loved one.
The five stages, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief. Not everyone goes through all of them or in a prescribed order. Our hope is that with these stages comes the knowledge of grief ‘s terrain, making us better equipped to cope with life and loss. At times, people in grief will often report more stages. Just remember your grief is an unique as you are.
I know what it is like to feel loss of a lifestyle. No more gymnastics and game night on Friday’s, no face to face contact. I just wanted to let you know grief is normal, but it doesn’t have to keep you down.
I had to be a survivor of death, postpartum and so much more. Denial: feeling like it can’t be real. Anger, bargaining: just let me have one more day and it will be different, depression: hopeless and acceptance: I will never be the same but I can go on with my life.
The world can learn to live through this , let us embrace this positively and take the lessons that we can like endurance, building family dynamic and finding yourself. You’re not alone.