This stage of grief protects the individual from the intensity of the loss. Numbness is a normal reaction to an immediate loss. To move through this stage, the individual needs to come to accept that the loss has occurred.
Bargaining involves thoughts about how the loss could have been avoided, precisely what could have been done differently. Unless this stage is resolved, feelings of remorse or guilt may remain.
Depression is a stage that occurs in some people upon realising the extent of their loss.
Anger comes from the feeling of helpless and powerless can give rise to anger. This anger can be an expression of the sense of abandonment or anger at a higher power or toward life in general.
Over time, the individual comes to terms with how they feel and accept the fact that the loss has occurred. The loss can now be integrated into the individual’s life experience.