After losing a loved one, it is completely natural to have a hard time
coping with your grief. As you begin making funeral arrangements, you should also seek out grief
support services from a counselor in your area. Here is a look at the
five stages of grief that most people experience after losing a loved one.
Denial and Isolation
People who are coping with loss do not necessarily go through all five
stages of grief, and may experience one or more of the stages out of order.
Typically, however, the first feeling that one experiences when learning
about the loss of a loved one is denial. You may not believe that your
loved one has passed away, especially if the death was sudden. You may
also isolate yourself, refusing grief support from friends and family,
and instead trying to cope with grief on your own.
Anger and Bargaining
The next stage of grief is generally anger. Once you accept the reality
that your loved one is gone, you may feel angry with him for dying, angry
with yourself, or angry with anyone else who seems happy while you are
coping with loss. Attending a grief support group can help you work through
your anger. The next stage of grief is often a bargaining stage. You may
think that you can bargain with a higher power to bring your loved one
back to you.
Depression and Acceptance
Depression is a very common reaction to losing a loved one. This depression
may become more acute as you arrange funeral services and pick out a casket.
Making funeral arrangements can also help you reach the last stage of
grief, which is acceptance. During this stage, you fully accept that your
loved one is gone, and you may feel a sense of calm.
If you’re in need of
grief support near Chicago, IL, after losing a loved one, come see us at Leak and Sons Funeral Homes.
Our compassionate staff can assist you in all aspects of planning a personalized
funeral for your loved one, and can provide grief support resources for
you and your family. To learn more about our funeral home and funeral
services, call us today at (773) 846-6567.