Loss and grief is a complicated topic.
One of the reasons why it is complicated is because humans aren’t easily explainable and often do not fit the stages of loss and grief.
Loss and grief is a personal process that is different for everyone.
In this video, I identify the grieving process and explain how trauma can result from this process.
Struggling with the process of grief and loss can be on the most difficult things you have ever had to do. Loss is such a powerful experience that we all experience differently. To rely solely on the theories associated with the 5 stages of grief can truly leave you feeling confused about what stage you or someone you know is in. There is more to the topic of grief and loss than the 5 stages.
The 5 stages of grief include:
For many of us, we don’t follow this linear pattern of grief and loss and may often experience each stage for long periods of time. Some of us experience one stage and not the other for months or years. Others may experience each stage and then circle back to experience the other stages we tend to believe should no longer be experienced after a certain period of time (e.g., denial or anger).
Grief and loss goes much deeper than just the 5 stages of grief. I discuss this further in my most recent video.