Loss of a family member or beloved pet may leave you feeling angry and depressed.
A diagnosis of a terminal illness may lead to bargaining or denial. Acceptance is often a difficult task to achieve. The five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance is a cycle that you may experience when bereaved. There is no set order to this cycle as you may find yourself repeating a stage, making acceptance challenging.
You may feel sad and down, unable to complete daily tasks that were once routine. You may be weak and experience fatigue causing you to sleep more and not achieve a good night sleep. These are normal responses to death and loss. Therapy can help you get to the root of your symptoms.
You may feel guilt about something you said or did not say before a death.
Below are some possible grief reactions:
Denial – You tell the doctor he must be wrong or you may not even acknowledge the seriousness of the terminal diagnosis
Anger – as the reality of the loss sets, you begin to feel the pain. Instead of expressing the intense emotional pain, you are angry, maybe even with the dying person.
Bargaining – you begin to plead with a higher power. You may begin to think of what you could have done to prevent this.
Depression – this is where you may feel sad and withdraw from what was normal daily activity. You don’t want to get out of bed, don’t want to eat.
Acceptance – this stage of grief is not always achieved. You may have circled from bargaining to denial to depression and back to denial. Acceptance is marked by calm and withdrawal.