Grief is often described in stages, though each stage may last for a different period of time — for some people, the stages may be briefer or longer than for others, and some people may not experience all of them. But acknowledging that you may experience some or all of these stages will help you understand what may be happening. And you should not pass judgment on yourself or allow others to — you have the right to grieve and to fully experience your grief. Your feelings are normal, and it’s important to remember that at some point, it will get better. You may not get over your loss, but you will survive it. The five general stages of grief, as described by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross:Denial: This can’t be happening.Anger: Why did this happen? Who is to blame?Bargaining: Make this not happen and I will…Depression: I can’t bear this; I’m too sad to do anything.Acceptance: I acknowledge that this has happened, and I cannot change it.While the five stages of grief may appear to be steps in a process, they are not.
On the 3rd Thursday of every month we meet to comfort, support and celebrate one another.