Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Acceptance, the Last Step in Grieving

The grieving process has five clear stages and the stages often overlap and recur. Denial, anger, bargaining, and depression have already been discussed. The last stage of grief is acceptance.

As time goes by and the other stages of grief diminish, you will be able to accept the reality of your loss and begin to deal with it constructively. Even as this stage becomes dominant, you may still experience pangs of denial, anger and depression but they will be minimal.

Christian counselors and leaders generally agree that it is normal and healthy to experience the five stages of grief following the death of a loved one. Some of the emotions and thoughts that you experience during this time may be new to you or stronger than ever before in your life. You may think something is wrong with you for reacting in these ways but there isn’t. You are going through common responses to a significant loss in your life.

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