Not everyone goes through these “stages” in the same order. Sometimes one is skipped, or is repeated.
Shock and numbness
Events seem to lose their importance after the death of a loved one. This lack of feeling is nature’s way of helping you to do things necessary to carry on.
Extremes of emotion are common throughout bereavement. Now is when friends’ emotional support, sympathetic ears and reassuring words may be most needed.
Although you have to face the loneliness that follows death, people are a major help in your need. This is where maintaining ties with family and friends is important.
In time, renewed zest for life will follow bereavement and grief. Life will regain its spark, and you will be on an even keel again.