The Grieving Process & Coping With Grief

West Virginia State University
The Grieving Process & Coping With Grief
Psychology 207-01

Nathan Stanley

Death and change are all parts of life that can't be avoided. Everyone, regardless of age, will have to cope with losing a loved one. Grief is the process that we endure to let go of old habits, and starts a new way of life. We all need to examine the way we deal with these changes in our lives. When we fully identify our reactions to changes that occur in our lives, we will be more prepared to acknowledge these changes, ...

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needs. Some people may stay in a stage of grief longer than others, and some people may quickly move through the process. Every loss is different and can be experienced differently. Wilson, Lynne, Hazel (2013). You may have a extremely hard time coping with the loss of a parent , and depending on the attachment style that you have created, react completely different to the loss of a sibling. Any time there is a significant change in our life, we can go through a grieving process. This process takes places for both good and bad changes in everyday life.

The Five Stages Of Grief


Denial is the initial stage of grief that will be experienced. This is what we go through to aide us in getting through the loss. During this stage, the world in its entirety is reduced to being empty and devastating. Life in general makes no sense at all. We end up in a constant state of shock and denial. We ask ourselves why we should continue, and what would be the point of going on. ...

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anchoring point, giving us structure and stability to a foundation of healing. Damianakis, T. (2012)


Before you lose a loved one, it felt like you would do anything, or give anything if only they would be spared. You devote yourself to changes that you will put into place if only your loved one survives. We let ourselves become lost in a vast never ending sea of "if only" and "what if". More often than not, guilt becomes the unwavering companion of bargaining. The guilt lets the "what ifs" become the driving factor and forces us to find all of the fault within ourselves. It lets us create the false reality that we could have done things differently to select a different ...

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