Sadly, each of us experiences grief during our lives. Losing loved ones – friends, relatives, pets – can be extremely painful. Understanding the stages of grief enables us to accept that the different emotions we feel whilst grieving are to be expected.
Grief is our emotional response to loss. Whilst everyone’s grief is unique to them, it can be comforting to know that different stages are involved. Some people do not experience every stage, and there is no time limit involved.
The seven stages are based upon psychologist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’ five stage model, first published in 1969. Stages one and seven were added in recent years to strengthen the model (Counselling Directory).
Seven Stages of Grief
It’s important to remember that there is no set timescale to the stages of grief. Some people take weeks to reach acceptance; others take years. It’s common to fluctuate between the stages of grief, revisiting some – or maybe bypass some stages completely. People experience grief in different ways.
Knowing the stages involved and that it’s possible to get through grief can be extremely helpful when coming to terms with the death of a loved one. This can also enable you to help and understand someone you are supporting through their grief.
The compassionate and professional team at Austin’s is here to help you understand the process and options involved with funerals. We hope that this helps ease the pressure a little during the beginning of the grieving process.