Saturday, September 9, 2017

Five stages of Loss

First written down by Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross in her 1969 book "On Death and Dying" these five stages were solely focused on the processing of grief after a death. 
Speaking as someone who has gone through losing a loved one, I have passed through every single one of these stages. I know what they all feel like. 

Over the course of years though I've come to realize that it's not just after the death of a loved one that we humans process loss. I've also seen (and personally experienced) these feelings in other types of loss. For example a loss can also occur with a personal terminal illness, the end of a slowly disintegrating friendship, an ended relationship, estrangement in family, loss of money, the death of a pet or animal, and some might even argue waking up on a work day!