Dealing with the loss of a loved one

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We all have our ways of dealing with losing a loved one. The 5 stages of grief are denial/isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. It is easier said than done.
Many people deal with a death in various ways and not necessarily in this order. Every person and their emotions are different. You really cannot describe the feeling of losing someone you love and knowing they will never come back.
Once different people were asked how they deal or felt with losing a loved one, they each had different  responses.

Every person and their emotions are different.”

— Justyne Bernal

One person’s response was, “I would be heartbroken and feel like I would not be the same person anymore but I know they are in a better place and that my life must go on.”
This would be an example of the last stage, acceptance. You must accept that this person has perished and there is nothing you can do to fix it.
An adult that as well has lost a loved one was asked the same question and simply answered the question, “to have support from others.”
It is important not to isolate yourself from others in a difficult situation such as this one. Sometimes other people can make you feel better and fill the piece of you that you feel is missing.
A teenager whose life was impacted by the loss of a loved one said it is one of “the worst feelings.” He added that “It’s like the only things left are memories you had with them.”
Many people get through the five stages of grief by simply just remembering how it used to feel with that person’s company and comfort. They reminisce how things used to be when their loved one was by their side.
It is only normal to feel like this, it’s a part of being able to go on with your life. Completing this process can only take a matter of time. Healing can take months, years, or days but it is a doable process that many people have to experience.