At one point or another, tragedy will affect our lives. At the time that it happens, you will think that the bad feeling will never go away, but there are certain things that can be done to help you move forward and resume your life.

You need to acknowledge and accept that the unfortunate event has happened so you can move forward, otherwise you may hold on to that grief forever.

Grief Comes In Stages

There are certain stages of grief that come in a predictable sequence no matter what kind of tragedy you're going through. You will likely experience a few of these stages, if not all of them.

You will be able to move forward in your life if you let these stages run their course:

1. Denial. You may want to deny what has happened in your life when the tragedy first strike. This is how you and your body try to avoid the pain. This stage can last as short as a few days, all the way up to weeks depending on what has happened. You do not want to stay at this stage forever because that way, you will never accept what has happened.

2. Guilt. Guilt is usually a part of grief whether or not you even have a reason to feel guilty. You will find things in the situation that you could or should have done. You need to feel this pain in order to move past it.

3. Anger. Anger usually doesn't take long to start taking an effect on you. This happens once you realize that there is nothing you can do to change the bad situation or control it. You should not feel controlled by the anger although you should let yourself feel it. However, keep in mind that if you hold on to it too long, you could harm yourself and those around you.

4. Depression. This stage has been known to last for an extended period of time. Although you will not feel like it when you are feeling depressed, it is important to talk to your friends and family. You may discover a lot of things about yourself during this self-reflective time, which is why it's an important part of the grieving process, although you mustn't dwell in your own worries or anxieties.

5. Things Will Get Better. The way you look at the world will eventually improve. You will start to feel better even though you are not back to your usual self. It's important to keep your lines of communication open and remember that your loved ones want you to have a long, happy, and healthy life.

6. Acceptance. This is the final stage of grief. At this stage, you would have truly accepted what has happened and you will start to feel hopeful for life to come. There might be some aspects of your life that are different, but for the most part it will be back to normal.

When You Feel Stuck

It is not unusual for you to feel like you will never get past a particular stage. Depression is the most common stage for this to happen. You will need to keep trying. That is the best remedy.

Of course, you have the option of going to a professional for help if you feel that things are taking too long for you. Each situation is unique and a grief counselor can help you get through your particular one.

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