1. A place to share about our new journey
2. A place to vent/share about my grief
3. A place for others to know they are not alone in this journey of Parental Grief
4. A place to share to others about Parental grief
In this process of expressing myself comes a new thing also.....Bearing open my soul. This is a huge step to put myself into, I guess in some terms "out there as a open book". I have had a tough couple of weeks... and I have way to much to express at this time. SO.... right now I want to focus what is really bugging me.
The stages, include:
- Denial — "I feel fine."; "This can't be happening, not to me."
Denial is usually only a temporary defense for the individual. This feeling is generally replaced with heightened awareness of possessions. Denial is a defense mechanism and some people can become locked in this stage.
- Anger — "Why me? It's not fair!"; "How can this happen to me?"; '"Who is to blame?"
Once in the second stage, the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue. Because of anger, the person is very difficult to care for due to misplaced feelings of rage and envy.
- Bargaining — The What if's and could of done different...
- Depression — Because of this, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time crying and grieving. This process allows the person to disconnect from things of love and affection. It is not recommended to attempt to cheer up an individual who is in this stage. It is an important time for grieving that must be processed.
- Acceptance — "It's going to be okay."; "I can't fight it, I may as well prepare for it."
In this last stage, individuals begin to come to terms with their grief, or tragic event.