Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness you're experiencing will never let up.
These are normal reactions to a significant loss. But while there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can renew you and permit you to move on.
You may associate bereavement with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief—but any loss can cause grief, including: loss of a job, one's health, a loved one, safety, a child or something specific to you. Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life's path, your faith, and the nature of the loss.
The grieving process takes time. Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried—and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. For others, the grieving process is measured in years. Whatever your grief experience, it’s important to be patient with yourself and allow the process to naturally unfold. There are 5 stages of grief that people "normally" go through...they are: Denial: “This can’t be happening to me.”
Anger: “Why is this happening? Who is to blame?”
Bargaining: “Make this not happen, and in return I will ____.”
Depression: “I’m too sad to do anything.”
Acceptance: “I’m at peace with what happened.”
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