In my integrated wellness practitioner program, I took several courses on death, dying and hospice. Though this is not a topic that most people enjoy thinking about, it’s a part of life and something we must learn to cope with. Loss comes in many forms – the loss of a job, the loss of a home, the loss of an opportunity, the loss of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, and so on. In each situation, the stages of grief are similar.
The Five Stages of Grief:
- Denial is characterized by rationalizing overwhelming emotions by denying that the situation even happened. In this stage, people typically shut down.
- Anger. Anger is when we are experiencing intense pain. We may direct the anger at inanimate objects, loved ones, strangers, and even at the Creator (God).
- Bargaining is when we try to regain control by asking questions such as “what if this happened or what if I did that.” We may also get second opinions. Sometimes we bargain with the Creator by saying things such as “ If you do this for me, I’ll do that for you.”
- Depression is when we prepare for the separation. We start to process the situation and integrate it. We may also have some anxiety in this phase.
- Acceptance is when we start to experience some peace and calm. We start detaching from what happened in a way that allows us to move forward.
The time frame for each of these stages is different for everyone. Some people can experience all five phases in a few hours, while for others it may take years. Grief is unique and personal. There is no specified time frame. Have compassion with yourself. Identify where you are in the process and allow that to be okay.
Practical Self-Care Tips:
Check your nutrition. Take a nice soothing bath. Get the proper amount of sleep. Be mindful of how you are feeling. Go with the flow. Allow your emotions to express so that you don’t lodge them in your energetic field. Move your body a little bit with light exercise or stretching. Yoga is a wonderful practice to help connect your mind to your body.
Spiritual and Energetic Tools:
A spiritual community can be really supportive during times of grief and transition. Breathing practices can be very beneficial. Energy healing can really help move out any blocks, stagnant emotions, or stuck energy. Intuitive readings can also be a great tool to help you attain guidance and clarity. It’s often difficult to meditate when we are overcome with grief, but if you are up to it, it can be highly therapeutic.
The most important thing is to be patient and kind to yourself. This process cannot be forced. Shift into a state of allowance and flow.
Stay encouraged! You will get through this!
Blessings and love,
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