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What is the denial and anger phase of grief?

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When you first learn of a loss, it’s normal to think, “This isn’t happening.” You may feel shocked or numb. This denial is a temporary way to deal with the rush of overwhelming emotion. It’s a defense mechanism.

As reality sets in, you’re faced with the pain of your loss. You may feel frustrated and helpless. These feelings later turn into anger. You might direct it toward other people, a higher power, or life in general. To be angry with a loved one who died and left you alone is natural, too.

SOURCES:

Michael Hakimi, PsyD, clinical psychologist, Loyola University Medical Center.

Mayo Clinic: “What Is Grief?”

American Psychological Association: “Grief: Coping with the Loss of Your Loved One.”

World Psychiatry : “Grief and Bereavement: What Psychiatrists Need to Know.”

European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience: “An Attachment-based Model of Complicated Grief Including the Role of Avoidance.”

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Michael Hakimi, PsyD, clinical psychologist, Loyola University Medical Center.

Mayo Clinic: “What Is Grief?”

American Psychological Association: “Grief: Coping with the Loss of Your Loved One.”

World Psychiatry : “Grief and Bereavement: What Psychiatrists Need to Know.”

European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience: “An Attachment-based Model of Complicated Grief Including the Role of Avoidance.”

 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 23, 2018

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