Grief has many faces. Catastrophic and life-changing, dealing with the loss of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult events. Grieving is different for each person, but it is very necessary. Each of us is saying, “Good-bye” in our own way. It helps to know others experience similar feelings under similar situations. Seven Stages of Grief have been defined as: shock, denial, guilt, anger, depression (sorrow), bargaining, and acceptance.
Knowing where one is in the process is also helpful. Many people need to be reminded to take time to mourn and to feel their pain. It is all part of their healing process.