We usually associate grief and sadness with the death of a person we loved but any kind of big change or serious loss, can cause a kind of grieving process.
The Coping with living loss diagram can help you to understand how people react and re-adjust to living loss.
The diagram explores 3 stages:
Stage 1: Experience the loss
Examples of living loss:
- divorce or separation
- selling house
- diagnosis of ill health
- the end of a dream to have kids
Stage 2: Grieve for the loss
Feel pain through grief and work through the loss
Accept the reality of the loss.
Start to adapt to life as it is now.
Stage 3: Start to move forward and make new dreams and goals
Put energies into new plans and create a different ‘vision’ of your future.