Grief is identified as the sorrow that accompanies a loss, especially the loss of someone close. Grief can be felt in big ways and small and it can accompany the loss of family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances, and even pets. Grief can also be felt with the loss of a job, a relationship, or even a major change in life.
The five stages of grief are a common guide to navigating through the loss. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance are commonly experienced, but they do not have to be experienced in any order. Though grief can feel like a lifetime for some, individuals experiencing grief do 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.