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 Medical Social media posts may hint at depression long before clinical diagnosis Medical Eczema? Would you consider taking a bleach bath? Parenting Countries that ban spanking see less teen violence News Mom’s life is ruined after mystery sickness makes her look anorexic Parenting Breast milk may boost preemies' brain development Parenting Could same-sex couples have babies with shared DNA? Study hints it's possible From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Gut health » Can't lose weight? Blame it on your gut Our nutrition experts weigh in on why gut health is such an important factor in weight loss, on World Obesity Day. Sleep better » Yes, there is such a thing as too much sleep A new study confirms that too little sleep can impair your brain, but interestingly, too much sleep is also a problem.