The Experience Called Grief
Gary D. Smith, MAEd.
Five Stages of Normal
Reaction to Loss
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Denial
Anger
Bargaining
Depression
Acceptance
Death brings a flood of feelings and
emotions to each person in their own
way!
Feeling
A sense of knowing
or an impression
on the mind
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Emotion
A mental and
bodily reaction
accompanied by
a strong feeling
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Stages of Grief
1. Denial
a) Acknowledging
the loss
2. Anger
a) Experiencing
the pain
3. Bargaining
a) Experiencing the
pain
b) Re-adjusting to
the loss
4. Depression
a) Finding a way to
move on
Acknowledging the Loss
May be Hard
Shock
Disbelief
Confusion
Anxiety
Panic
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Children Acknowledging
the Loss
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Anger
Frustration
Questioning
Guilt
Copying the
behaviors of
others
Adults acknowledging the loss
Anger
Frustration
Guilt
Blaming others
A sense of loss of
control
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The Faces of Grief are Different
in Each Person
Disorientation Phase
 Despair
 Lowered self-esteem
 Pre-occupation
 Loneliness
 State of disequilibria
 Tearful
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Bargaining / Experiencing
the Pain
Disorientation
Fear
Loss of Control
State of Limbo
Frustration
Vulnerable
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Depression / With the Pain
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Helplessness
Hopelessness
Resentment
Bitterness
Emptiness
Sadness
Bargaining and Adjustment
( Adaptation )
 Re-adjusting to the loss
 Struggling with new roles
and responsibilities
 Envy
 Yearning
 Missing
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Acceptance a Sense of Healing
Developing a new
environment
New Relationships
New Activities
New Hope
A Sense of Healing
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Acceptance Reconciling
The Loss
Hope for the future
Growth from the
trial
Healing from the
heart
Remembering with
less pain
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Rainbows Give Us Hope For The Future
And Build Bridges Over Our Trials.
http://rainbowsbridge.com/hello.htm
There Is Life After Grief
http://www.users.waitrose.com/~theheath/sunrise.htm