Understanding the Stages of Grief

By: Tom Gallagher
Monday, September 14, 2020

If a loved one passes away, the family members are left in grief, and many people cannot deal with this grief. The recovery process becomes tough for many, and you may not be able to get the thought of that loved one out of your mind. 

Whenever you are enveloped in grief, it can impact your health mentally and physically. Every person deals with sorrow differently, and it also manifests itself uniquely. There are specific stages of grief which are considered standard, and here we discuss what they are:

  1. The first stage is DENIAL. Every person who has lost someone goes through a phase of denial and cannot come to terms with the fact that their loved one has passed. It can be a very overpowering feeling, but this stage does not last for a long time.
     
  2. The stage right after denial is ANGER, and this is when people realize that the person is not in their lives any longer. Whenever someone is grieving, the frustration and the fact that they cannot do something about that person's death frustrates them. They feel that they would not be able to function normally and that everyone around them should also grieve with them. 
     
  3. During the BARGAINING stage, people start second-guessing everything that they encounter. They keep asking themselves how they could have done things differently to prevent the death from occurring. This transitional phase is when people start to move a little bit from the initial pain, they keep constantly feeling.
     
  4. The DEPRESSION stage can last for quite a long time. It happens when the person has now accepted that they have lost their loved one. Nothing else distracts them from the feeling of pain at that point, and they cannot overcome it.
     
  5. The next stage is ACCEPTANCE, where the grieving person has reached a point that they don't feel the loss is very overpowering. They can cope with it in a better way and move forward from their grief while keeping the memories of that person intact.

 If you want information about our services here at Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home, contact us or give us a call at 318-640-1375 today.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Who Is Eligible For Hospice Care?

People with serious, life-threatening illnesses need consistent care and comfort. Some are completely reliant on their caretakers for everything from bathing to eating. Hospice care is a program th...

Is a Funeral Casket Required for a Cremation?

Making funeral arrangements is quite daunting, particularly as most people find themselves handling this task when emotionally distressed. We at Gallagher Funeral Home know that there are several d...

What Is Unconventional Grief?

Every individual deals with grief and sorrow in various ways, and when it comes to the kinds of grief you can experience, there are no rules. It's important to find certain ways to cope with your l...

How to Plan a Meaningful Memorial Service

Memorial services are a great way to collaboratively find solace, with your family and friends. It is an act of remembrance for your loved ones. We at Gallagher Funeral Home know the importance a w...

How To Personalize an Obituary Notice

If you are in charge of writing an obituary for a loved one who has passed away and find that writing all the relevant details in a few words is very tough, you will be relieved to hear that many p...

Pre-Planning Your Funeral

Many people want their funeral service to go a certain way and make their wishes known to their family members. Unfortunately, these wishes aren't always followed, especially if they conflict with ...

Understanding the Cremation Process

Cremation has become a popular way to dispose of a deceased individual’s remains. It is a more affordable and straightforward process, which makes it an appealing option for many families. At Galla...

What is a Funeral Celebrant?

Funerals are formal and carefully planned events designed to honor deceased individuals. They follow a set structure dictated by a religious order and are presided over by a priest of the order. At...

Helping Children With The Death of a Parent

Losing a parent is never easy, regardless of your age. However, the experience can be particularly traumatic for young children. Parents are their safety net and they provide stability. Each parent...

Why Losing a Pet Can be So Difficult

People have had animal companions for thousands of years. In the past, these companions were protectors, herders, and hunting companions. Today, pets are an important part of the owner’s support sy...