Research behind the stages of grief

Research Behind The Stages Of Grief?

Elisabeth Kübler-Ros, a pioneer of death-and-dying research, identified five phases a person goes through when dying.

Yes, you read that right. 

Her stages were actually for the person dying, not the griever. Hence, many organizations and areas dealing with trauma, including grief, have adopted these same steps to help explain what you may be going through.

Here are a few things to keep in mind...  

  • Your feelings will start to progress through the phases as you come to terms with your loss. 
  • You can’t control the process, which phase you start in, or even how long you stay in a phase or how you progress through each phase.
  • It does not go in sequential order, but it’s helpful to know the reasons behind your feelings.
  • All people experience grief differently.
  • Every person goes through these phases in their own way. You may go back and forth between them or skip one or more stages altogether.
  • Reminders of your loss, like the anniversary of a death or a familiar song, can trigger the return of grief.
  • Even after you have come to accept your loved one’s death, a grief ambush can throw you back into one or more of these phases. The difference will be that you will most likely be able to go back to acceptance quicker and not feel as much heaviness as before.

Resources & Downloads...

Stages of Grief Journaling pages

You will find moments when you are not ready to "CONTINUE" and that is okay my friend. All of this will be here when you are ready. Hugs ~Nicole

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