Stages of Grieving

The stages of grieving – first described by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her landmark book, On Death and Dying (1969) – include five specific stages through which we pass in order to deal with a severe loss. That loss may be of a friend, loved one (human or animal), or even a job that has been the source of great meaning or joy. And of course, we are likely to go through those same five stages of grieving when confronting our own deaths.

To learn more about the stages of grieving, and how to understand and accept your own or someone else’s grief process, start with this information in the Grief & Loss section .