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GRIEF & LOSS STAGES ELISABETH KUBLER-ROSS.  Anytime we suffer a significant loss, we experience grief.  The intensity of the grief depends on the loss.

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1 GRIEF & LOSS STAGES ELISABETH KUBLER-ROSS

2  Anytime we suffer a significant loss, we experience grief.  The intensity of the grief depends on the loss.  The loss could be the end of a meaningful relationship, the breakup of one’s family, the death of a pet, the death of a family member… IN GENERAL…

3 STAGE 1: DENIAL & ISOLATION  Denial and/or shock are often a person’s initial reaction followed by numbness.  There may also be a feeling of isolation or helplessness.  These feelings are an attempt to avoid reality by saying or thinking, “It is all a bad dream and will go away.”  Buys us time to be able to cope with the loss.

4 STAGE 2: ANGER  Anger is a natural reaction, an outlet for resentment at being a victim.  There may be envy of other who have not experienced such a loss.  The person often takes out the anger on those close by – friends and family.  “Why me?...”

5 STAGE 3: BARGAINING  The person seeks to postpone the loss by making promises, often to God, to be a better person.  “I’ll do this if you will only do…”

6 STAGE 4: DEPRESSION  The numbness, anger, and rage felt previously are now replaced with a sense of great loss.  Feelings of great loneliness, isolation, helplessness, and sadness are characteristics of this stage.

7 STAGE 5: ACCEPTANCE  Facing reality in a constructive way.  It allows for action.  Learning from our mistakes and remembering the good times.

8 OTHER NAMES FOR STAGES  SHOCK – Denial & Isolation  SUFFERING – Anger, Bargaining, and Depression  RECOVERY - Acceptance

9 FINAL NOTES  Everyone goes through the stages at a different rate.  We often bounce back and forth between the stages – no specific order.  It is possible to get stuck in a specific stage.  At the anniversary of a loss, the some of the stages may be revisited.  Everyone copes with loss in a different way.

10 COPING 1. How can you cope with a loss in a healthy manner? 2. How can you help a friend cope with a loss?


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