The death of a loved one is a profoundly painful and heart-wrenching experience. In these moments of loss, emotions can overwhelm us, and finding comfort seems difficult. However, it’s essential to understand that grief is a natural and necessary process for healing.
In this blog, we will explore what grief is, the stages a grieving person may go through, and the type of support they may require during these challenging times.
Experiencing grief is normal
Grief is the emotional and psychological response we experience when we lose someone significant in our lives. It is a normal and natural reaction to separation and manifests in different ways for each individual.
Moreover, there is no “correct” way to grieve, as each person follows their own process and pace.
Stages of grief when losing a family member or friend
The renowned psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross identified five common stages in the grief process, known as the “stages of grief” model.
These stages are not linear and can be experienced in a different order or repeated several times.
- Denial: It is common to deny or refuse to accept the news of a loved one’s death. It may feel like being in a state of shock or disbelief.
- Anger: Anger is a natural emotion in grief. It can be directed toward the deceased, oneself, other people, or even situations or circumstances. Here, no one is judging; you have the right to feel anger.
- Bargaining: In this stage, we seek ways to find meaning or make deals to cope with the loss. We may try to bargain with ourselves, a higher power, or others.
- Depression: Grief-related depression is not the same as clinical depression, but it is a deep emotional response to the loss. It can manifest as sadness, hopelessness, lack of energy, and isolation.
- Acceptance: Accepting the reality of the loss does not mean forgetting or ceasing to miss the deceased person. It is rather finding peace and adapting to living without that person.
Now, during grief, it is crucial to have the support of others who can offer:
Company and listening:
Sometimes, simply feeling heard amid grief can provide great comfort. Knowing that you have a shoulder to lean on and express your feelings can be healing.
Empathy and understanding:
Recognizing and validating my emotions as a grieving person is important. Trying to “fix” my feelings can create more tension.
Receiving help with daily tasks, such as preparing meals or taking care of children, can be very useful when experiencing grief.
At Eternal Life Cemetery, we have many years of experience serving and supporting individuals and families who have lost a loved one. We can provide highly professional assistance even in the midst of difficult times when you are experiencing grief. Contact us if you want more information about our services.