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Navigating the Emotional Rollercoaster: Understanding the Five Stages of Grief





Hey there, friend! Today, we're diving into something that touches all of us at some point. Grief. Going through grief often feel like an emotional rollercoaster, but understanding the five stages of grief can help us make sense of the ride. Let’s get started.


  1. Denial: Denial is our mind's way of protecting us from overwhelming emotions. It's like hitting the pause button on reality for a moment while we try to process what's going on.

  2. Anger: Once denial fades, anger often takes its place. You might find yourself asking, "Why me?" or feeling frustration towards the universe. It's normal to feel this way – anger is a natural response to loss.

  3. Bargaining: In this stage, we try to negotiate our way out of the pain. We might promise to be better people or plead for things to go back to how they were. It's an attempt to regain control.

  4. Depression: This stage can feel like sinking into a deep, dark pit. It's when the reality of the loss truly hits us, and we feel overwhelmed by sadness. You might withdraw from others, lose interest in things you once enjoyed, or just feel numb. Remember to seek support during this time and avoid isolation.

  5. Acceptance: Finally, we reach a place of peace. Acceptance doesn't mean we're happy about what happened, but rather that we've come to terms with it. We start to rebuild our lives, finding new meaning and purpose after the loss.


Grief is not necessarily a linear process. You might find yourself jumping back and forth between stages, and that's perfectly normal. The key is to be patient with yourself and allow yourself to feel whatever emotions come up. There is no timeline, and creating an imaginary schedule for your grief will only make it harder to endure.


The five stages of grief are like signposts guiding us through the healing journey. You do not have to make the journey alone. We at STOP COVAD are always willing to walk alongside you, offering support and understanding along the way. Reach out if you need us. info@stopcovad.org or 720-678-4068. In the meantime, take good care of yourself and know that brighter days are ahead.

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