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 Lifestyle 11 ways to get more energy when you’re feeling tired Medical 1 in 4 antibiotic prescriptions unnecessary, large US study finds Sex New chlamydia test offers rapid results Medical Infections may be a trigger for heart attack and stroke Medical Smoking pot? It could cost you your job Medical How a support dog has transformed the life of this boy with autism Live healthier Vaping dangers » Why vaping may do your heart no favours US moves to restrict flavoured e-cig sales, ban menthol cigarettes Under pressure, top US e-cig maker pulls most flavoured products from market Friends' vaping could pose danger to kids with asthma In a study, school children with asthma were found to be more likely to suffer an asthma attack after exposure to vapour from someone else's e-cigarette. Protect your skin » Just a little weightlifting can help your heart How to handle incontinence at the gym 10 ways to keep your skin glowing with good health in 2019 Avoid germs at the gym to protect your skin The bacteria, viruses and fungi that cause skin infections love warm, moist places like sweaty exercise equipment and locker room showers.