As shared in my about, I have worked with in both the funeral and cemetery industries while I was in graduate school. During graduate school I gave a presentation on the grieving process and its importance. Grieving helps the individual move from the shock of denial to a place of acceptance.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, in her book; On Death and Dying speaks to 5 stages in the process of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. These stages provide a pathway to move through the process of grieving. Apart from moving through the grieving process, however painful; the individual may find themselves “stuck” and unable to move forward with life and living.
The process of grieving, by moving through the 5 stage process; can help the individual to reach a place of acceptance with any kind of loss. The process of grieving helps the individual to move forward with their lives. The process of grieving helps the individual to lay a new foundation, upon which they can create hope.
By using the principles of the grieving process, the individual will be able to grow in awareness and acceptance of that which is lost, to be able to get into action. Getting into action, through gaining awareness and arriving at a place of acceptance; will allow the individual to realize that new possibilities do exist. The grieving process will help the individual to stop looking at the door that has closed, in order to see the door that has opened to them. The process of grieving will liberate the individual to dream in the now.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed-door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” Helen Keller
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