When your loved one dies, you and your family members will most likely suffer a sense of loss. For some people this brings such an intense series of emotions. It is a very personal experience. The way you grieve is individualized. However, there are five common stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These were identified in 1969 by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.
Patience is a Gift to Ourself
Grieving has no time limitations. You ride a roller coast of emotions, up and down. Gradually the inclines are less steep and easier to manage. Patience is a gift that we give ourselves as we move through the grieving process.
The best thing to do is to face your grief. Don’t store it away or keep silent about it to yourself or others, because those feelings will surface at some later point. Crying – or not crying but feeling great pain – both are natural reactions. Those who love you will understand, and rather than trying to protect them, allowing your true feelings to be known can actually help them.
At Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC in Vermont, we deeply respect and honor our clients as they try to cope with grief. Our practice deals extensively with issues touching seniors, such as Estate Planning and Trust Administration.