Grief and loss are things we must deal with as human beings many times throughout our lives. Mourning the loss of a loved one or pet is a universal human experience. The loss of a relationship caused by breakup or divorce, the loss of a family member or friend or the loss of a beloved pet causes all of us to go through the mourning process of dealing with grief and loss.
In the late 1960s, Elsabeth Kubler-Ross published the seminal book, “On Death and Dying,” which outlined the five stages of grief most of us will experience when dealing with the loss of a loved one. Kubler-Ross found that most people experienced all five stages, although not in the same order, after losing a loved one. In fact, most experts on grief and loss agree with her findings. These stages also universally apply to those experiencing the news of a terminal illness. According to Elsabeth Kubler-Ross, the five universal stages or phases of grief are:
Finding help from professional grief counselors, survivors support grouos or support from family and friends can help you heal from your wounds caused by the loss of a loved one or the news of a terminal illness. You can find a plethora of information at your library or on the Internet to guide you during your times of immense sorrow. You’re not alone.