One of the most important things to understand about grief is that there's no specific way to grieve, everyone grieves differently. This can also be one of the most confusing things about the grieving process.
There are usually five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. But rarely do people experience these stages in the same order or for the same duration, sometimes stages are repeated.
Typically, you aren't the only one experiencing a loss. For example, the death of a family member means that the rest of your family is grieving as well. The challenge comes when you realize that everyone's grief looks different. Sometimes conflicts with friends and family members can happen because everyone grieves differently. This conflict can be frustrating and even make you feel isolated in the way that you are grieving.
What can you do to cope with that?
- Remember that there isn't a right or wrong way to feel when grieving.
- Take time for yourself, but don't isolate yourself.
- Spend time with other friends and family to give yourself space from those who are grieving.
- Respect other people's grieving processes like you want them to respect yours.
- Find healthy ways to express your feelings.
- Take care of yourself physically. Grieving is hard work!
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