Did you know that we grieve more than just death? Grief is all about coping with loss, loss of any kind. Grief could be about loss of a loved one to death, a break-up, a move; grief can be about starting over in a new career or a new city and adjusting to life in a way never before considered; grief may be about a notable change in circumstance or finances; grief may be about letting go of the life you thought your child, parent, sibling, or you would live for one that seems drastically different in reality. Grief is about letting go of a reality you know to accept a reality that looks/sounds very different than you planned/expected/got used to.
The video below with the Giraffe is a fantastic depiction of the 5 Stages of Grief.
Elisabeth Kübler–Ross outlined a powerful model of the five stages of grief, postulating that those experiencing grief go through a series of five emotions: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Read more about the model in an article written by Dr. Christina Gregory with PSYCOM here and enjoy my favorite video on grief below as you support yourself and loved ones through the process of bereavement with love and care. There is no right way to grieve and each person grieves in their own time, so please offer grace and patience.