Loss can come in many forms: the loss of a loved one, one’s own health, a home, a job or a cherished dream. Grief is a natural response to any kind of loss.
Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross identified five stages to grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Grief experts have since added shock or disbelief, and we know now that a myriad of feelings can be experienced simultaneously in a great wave of emotion, especially with the loss of a loved one.
A caring season brings grief at different levels as well as anticipatory grief. Anticipatory grief can be even more complicated because we might feel guilt from the feelings we are experiencing. We often experience the need to maintain hope at the same time begin to let go of our parent or loved on, the relationship we once had or even the dreams of what we thought would be in the future.