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Grief and loss can come in any stage of life. The death of a pet or losing a job can cause a person
to grieve. Grief is associated with any kind of loss and can vary in length and intensity.

It can be said that grief is as part of the healing process following a traumatic experience. An individual
may experience several stages during their period of grief. Generally speaking, the stages of grief are:
1) shock or disbelief that the loss has occurred
2) denial is the stage in which the person refuses to accept the loss has occurred.
3) in the bargaining stage, the person attempts to reconcile the loss by making deals with other people and
even with God
4) guilt, which may be marked by statements of ’if only I had done/been …’
5) anger is a stage many will pass through and this may be directed toward the loss, the person lost, or
even God
6) depression is a stage that often comes and goes throughout the grief process. Resignation at the end of
the depression indicates that the truth of the loss has been accepted and the person is ready to move on
7) acceptance and hope means that you understand your life will never be the same although it will go on
with meaning and hope.
Here are the do’s and don’ts:
do give yourself and the person you care about permission to grieve in your/their own way, taking the time
that is needed
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