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JoAnne shares about how she experienced the stages of grief in the midst of an unthinkable family tragedy.
- Shock (or Denial) is often the initial reaction to protect us from an overwhelming experience.
- Anger is a defense mechanism that attempts to protect our wounded heart.
- Bargaining is when we begin to allow our hearts to open and embrace the pain from our loss.
- Depression is when our anger is turned inward, often to deal with feelings of guilt.
- Acceptance is when we re-focus the pain and begin to accept life without the person we have lost.
Matthew 5:4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
See Also: Death, Depression, Emotions, Grief
Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- What has been helpful to you during your grieving process? What has been unhelpful?
- Why is it helpful to think about grief in stages?
- What stage do you find yourself (or your loved one) in right now? Explain.
- Think about each stage. What are some examples of unhealthy behaviors that could arise in each stage? Do you find yourself (or loved one) exhibiting any of those? Explain.
- What could you do to help yourself or someone else move through the stages in a healthy way?
- What do you think the last stage of acceptance means? Have you gotten to this stage in your grief process? Explain.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.