Home > Daily-tips Updated 06 December 2013 The phases of grief People cope with the loss of a loved one in different ways. Most people who experience grief will cope well. Others will have severe grief and may need treatment. 0 Shutterstock People cope with the loss of a loved one in different ways. Most people who experience grief will cope well. Others will have severe grief and may need treatment.The process of bereavement is generally described as having four phases. It is important, though, to note that not everyone who grieves necessarily goes through all these stages and the order may be different.Shock and numbnessFamily members find it difficult to believe the death; they feel stunned and numb.Yearning and searchingSurvivors experience separation anxiety and cannot accept the reality of the loss. They try to find and bring back the lost person and feel ongoing frustration and disappointment when this is not possible.Disorganisation and despairFamily members feel depressed and find it difficult to plan for the future. They are easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating and focusing.ReorganisationIn this final phase, the grieving family members begin to adapt and rebuild their inner world. Though grief never ends, the thoughts of sadness and despair diminish and positive memories of the deceased start taking over. Read more: Bereavement(Photo of grieving woman from Shutterstock) More: Daily-tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news News Severe burns after taxi fire: 'It's not the end of your life' Medical 'Heading' a soccer ball more dangerous for this group Medical Generic EpiPen gets green light from US watchdog – unclear when available in SA Medical Virtual counselling helps lower blood pressure Medical The evolution of hearing aids Competitions Win a SERTA Perfect Sleeper Excellence bed worth R67 999! From our sponsors Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract ACC 200 works fast to break down mucus Live healthier Smoking and weight gain » Don't think that you're off the hook if you smoke cigars 10 smoking myths people still believe Quitting smoking? Even a little exercise can help you stay slim Best results in limiting weight gain after quitting smoking were found in women who engaged in 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week. Baby talk » Why Khloé Kardashian can't breastfeed her baby Baby making Real talk: Is there a ‘right’ age to have a baby? PS Can my mom stop talking about my biological clock already?