The five stages of grief were first identified by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book “On Death and Dying.” They are:
- Denial: The initial reaction of disbelief or shock that a loss has occurred.
- Anger: A stage of frustration, resentment, and sometimes guilt that the loss has happened.
- Bargaining: The stage where a person may try to negotiate with a higher power or try to find a way to avoid the loss.
- Depression: A period of sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness that can accompany the grieving process.
- Acceptance: The final stage where a person comes to terms with the loss and is able to move forward with their life.
It’s important to note that not everyone experiences these stages in the same order or even at all. Grief is a unique and individual experience.