We need to experience grieving the end of a relationship in the same way we grieve the death or loss of a person or thing.
Too often people forget to allow themselves the space and the freedom to go through each stage of the grief process when a relationship ends. They feel like they ‘should’ be able to move forward, or get over it, or not experience each stage. The truth is that each stage is a part of the journey in getting you ready for the next chapter in your life.
An intimate relationship ending is very much a loss and each stage of the grief process will be experienced and at times we can bounce back and forth between the stages.
Let’s have a look at the stages of grief now…
Blame / Anger
Depression / Despair
Accept Reality / Acceptance
It’s not a betrayal to move on or let go of the person who has passed. We can then shift from what you didn’t get to experience to what you did get to experience.
So if you have recently lost someone, a relationship has ended or a person has left your life, notice what stage you are at, and allow yourself the freedom to be with where you are at.