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Bereavement is the feeling of grief when we lose someone or something close to us. Death and loss are an inevitable part of life; shock, numbness, anger and sadness form part of the natural grieivng process. However, if left unprocessed, such losses can leave us with emotional scars and long term difficulties including mental health issues.
What are the Stages of Bereavement, Grief and Loss?
The first usual response to a bereavement is one of shock and disbelief.
Denial normally follows, as the bereaving find it difficult to accept the reality of the loss. It is normal to experience anger and even guilt. A period of depression can follow which can include symptoms such as sleeplessness, irritability, loss of motivation, social withdrawal, changes in appetite and physical pains. At some stage the bereaved move to a postion of acceptance.