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 Hubbly hooking lots of young adults on tobacco Mental health Being transgender is not a mental disorder, WHO decides Parenting Are prem babies less successful later in life? News Watching 'Incredibles 2' comes with seizure warning in SA Medical Sweet-smelling pee – what’s up with that? News Traditional healer makes history by opening traditional hospital From our sponsors Congestion associated with sinuses can ruin your day Tell us of your unusual allergy and stand a chance to win R2 000! WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! FLU SURVEY: Stand a chance of winning R2 000 cash! Live healthier Living with sinusitis » 7 common sinusitis myths you shouldn’t believe Are you using the correct treatment for your sinusitis? How your mucus can be a guide to sinusitis treatment Suffering from chronic sinusitis? Your mucus might help identify the most effective treatment. Sleep better » Most physical activities help you sleep better 10 tips for better sleep 10 reasons you may have insomnia and how fix it Here are 10 reasons why you may have insomnia – along with possible ways to solve the problem.