Grief is identified as the sorrow that accompanies a loss. It can be felt in big and small ways. Grief can accompany the loss of family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances and even pets. It can also be felt with the loss of a job, a relationship, or a major life change.
The five stages of grief are a common guide to navigating through the loss. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance are commonly experienced. The stages do not have to be experienced in any order. Grief can feel like a lifetime for some. Those experiencing grief should not adhere to any timeline and there is no set schedule to “get over it.” Grief is a natural and individual experience, and everyone who enters grief will move through it at their own pace.