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All of us, at some point in our lives, experience the death of someone we love and the death of someone we hate. Bereavement is painful, the experience is common to all, but the shape and the form of our grief will vary depending on who has died and how.

BereavementThe death of a parent, grandparent, spouse, child, sibling or friend will all feel different. If we have been especially close to the person the experience will be more intense in our sense of loss. If we have been estranged or distant from the person who died, our sadness maybe complicated by feelings of guilt, regret, and remorse. If a baby dies or a father or mother of a young family dies or dies by suicide or a person is murdered, we may be overwhelmed by a deep sense of unfairness. If a person dies who abused us emotionally or sexually, we may feel “they got away with it” and see no possibility of closure now that they are gone.

Bereavement can be a chaotic cocktail of emotions. When we are bereaved we experience huge mood swings and heightened sensitivities. Our normal protective skin feels thinner, we basically feel vulnerable. In families this chaos may be amplified by the clashing of several personalities working through their bereavement in different ways with conflicting emotional needs.

The psychiatrist and author Elizabeth Kubler Ross outlined five stages in relation to death which people experience, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The stages vary for everyone in the sequence and time frame, bereavement is unique to each and every individual.






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