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The 7 Stages of Grief after the end of a relationship

Postby masquerade » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:39 pm

Typically, the seven (7) stages of grief are described as:
- Shock or Disbelief
- Denial
- Anger
- Bargaining
- Guilt
- Depression
- Acceptance and Hope

The end of a relationship is like a bereavement. In addition to the loss of the partner, a person may have to contend with changes in his/her social life, find a new place to live, adjust to living alone, take care of practical arrangements and finances, contend with custody issues if there are children involved, deal with feelings of rejection and abandonment, deal with feelings of inadequacy, betrayal and jealousy if there was another person involved, and somehow find a way to cope with day to day living. If the relationship was abusive or toxic in any way there will be many more feelings to contend with.

In any loss or bereavement, a person typically goes through seven stages of grief. They may not occur in the above order, and some of the stages may coincide with each other. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, no two relationships are the same and every person is different. Even if a person initiated the break up, he/she will still feel a sense of grief and loss.

The issues that occurred in previous relationships may be revisited, and the feelings relived once more. This is more likely to happen if these issues were unresolved and the person has repeated these patterns in subsequent relationships. Therapy can be a great source of help in these cases.

The Stages of Grief:

Shock and Disbelief - The person may not be able to comprehend that the relationship has really ended, and these feelings may be all consuming. This stage may overlap with the next stage which is:

Denial - The person may not accept that the relationship is over and may continue to pursue their ex partner.

Anger - The person may seek to blame their ex partner for the break up, ruminating on their faults and feeling and expressing a great deal of annoyance and hostility towards them.

Bargaining - The person may seek to win their partner back, promising to change or make compromises.

Guilt - The person may blame themselves for the break up, and may at this time have a very low sense of self esteem. They may wish they had done things differently, or said things differently and take on board all of the blame.

Depression - The person may have feelings of sadness or hopelessness, withdraw from social relationships and spend a lot of time brooding and ruminating. They may cling on to memories of their partner, play the same songs repeatedly and day dream about what might have been.

Acceptance - The person now begins to feel a fresh sense of hope, and they think of their partner less often. They will not feel the same sense of raw pain, and will resume social relationships. They may even begin to seek out a new partner. From time to time they may feel nostalgic, but they will accept that the relationship is now over.

If you are getting over a break up, it is best to take things slowly, a step at a time. Accept that you will go through these stages, and that they won't be easy. Talking things through with a friend or a therapist can help enormously and help you to make sense of the emotions that you're going through. This is especially important if the relationship was toxic in any way. Remember that there is nothing wrong with you, and that what you're going through is normal. You have every right to be happy again, and if you remember that true happiness comes from within and is not dependent upon any one person, you have every chance of finding it. Treat yourself with love and kindness, be gentle with yourself and try to find one thing in every day that pleases you.
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Re: The 7 Stages of Grief after the end of a relationship

Postby satis pervigilare » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:37 pm

Does it always go in that order? For the past week after my awful split, which I caused, after 4 years, I have just had an unearthly calm! I went straight to acceptance. Now a week on I guess it's hitting home. No denial, no anger, no bargaining, just straight to acceptance, then depression! :?
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Re: The 7 Stages of Grief after the end of a relationship

Postby masquerade » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:49 pm

No, the stages can happen in any order and some people may go through more than one stage at a time or they may revisit a stage. It's likely that the calm feeling you're describing could be denial or the numb feeling that people often feel initially after a bereavement or a relationship breakdown. Acceptance is the final stage, and it may take time for you to get to this stage, or you may feel it earlier. This often happens as a kind of safety mechanism that enables a person to function immediately after the bereavement or split. They may often need to tend to things - the funeral if it is a bereavement or practical matters if it is a relationship breakdown. The calmness acts as a cushion to protect the person in the immediate stages. Often, it's only when reality has set in and the person has dealt with the immediate issues that reality sets in. There is no "right" way or "wrong" way to grieve, as everyone is different. Some people may skip stages.

The feelings that you're going through now sound quite normal. It's very important that you are kind to yourself at this time and treat yourself with compassion. What seems to be enormous now will gradually lessen and in time you will feel like yourself again. If the feelings become unbearable, please seek help from a doctor or a therapist.

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Re: The 7 Stages of Grief after the end of a relationship

Postby EarlyMorning » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:51 pm

masquerade wrote:Typically, the seven (7) stages of grief are described as:
- Shock or Disbelief
- Denial
- Anger
- Bargaining
- Guilt
- Depression
- Acceptance and Hope

The end of a relationship is like a bereavement. In addition to the loss of the partner, a person may have to contend with changes in his/her social life, find a new place to live, adjust to living alone, take care of practical arrangements and finances, contend with custody issues if there are children involved, deal with feelings of rejection and abandonment, deal with feelings of inadequacy, betrayal and jealousy if there was another person involved, and somehow find a way to cope with day to day living. If the relationship was abusive or toxic in any way there will be many more feelings to contend with.

In any loss or bereavement, a person typically goes through seven stages of grief. They may not occur in the above order, and some of the stages may coincide with each other. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, no two relationships are the same and every person is different. Even if a person initiated the break up, he/she will still feel a sense of grief and loss.

The issues that occurred in previous relationships may be revisited, and the feelings relived once more. This is more likely to happen if these issues were unresolved and the person has repeated these patterns in subsequent relationships. Therapy can be a great source of help in these cases.

The Stages of Grief:

Shock and Disbelief - The person may not be able to comprehend that the relationship has really ended, and these feelings may be all consuming. This stage may overlap with the next stage which is:

Denial - The person may not accept that the relationship is over and may continue to pursue their ex partner.

Anger - The person may seek to blame their ex partner for the break up, ruminating on their faults and feeling and expressing a great deal of annoyance and hostility towards them.

Bargaining - The person may seek to win their partner back, promising to change or make compromises.

Guilt - The person may blame themselves for the break up, and may at this time have a very low sense of self esteem. They may wish they had done things differently, or said things differently and take on board all of the blame.

Depression - The person may have feelings of sadness or hopelessness, withdraw from social relationships and spend a lot of time brooding and ruminating. They may cling on to memories of their partner, play the same songs repeatedly and day dream about what might have been.

Acceptance - The person now begins to feel a fresh sense of hope, and they think of their partner less often. They will not feel the same sense of raw pain, and will resume social relationships. They may even begin to seek out a new partner. From time to time they may feel nostalgic, but they will accept that the relationship is now over.

If you are getting over a break up, it is best to take things slowly, a step at a time. Accept that you will go through these stages, and that they won't be easy. Talking things through with a friend or a therapist can help enormously and help you to make sense of the emotions that you're going through. This is especially important if the relationship was toxic in any way. Remember that there is nothing wrong with you, and that what you're going through is normal. You have every right to be happy again, and if you remember that true happiness comes from within and is not dependent upon any one person, you have every chance of finding it. Treat yourself with love and kindness, be gentle with yourself and try to find one thing in every day that pleases you.


I ended my relationship. I didnt want to. I love him. But he cant be what I need (I think he has a PD or at least is dysfunctional). But I have childhood history with him so letting go of my feelings for him is hard.

Its been 2 months since I officially left him. In the time we've still had contact but not face to face.

Im still in the shock/disbelief stage combined with the Depression stage.

From his behaviour I would say hes in the denial stage combined with the anger, guilt and bargaining stage. However when he bargained and said he'd come to see me to sort things out, he never showed. Always an excuse. His words say one thing his actions another. And because of that im stuck in the shock/belief and depression stages.

Im trying to cut contact now. Because his bargaining isnt to make things right. Its almost to prolong my agony. Give me false hope, take it away. He wants to know Im prepared to give him another chance, but then if i say i will he takes away the offer by inaction. He has in effect become a penpal. I feel after 4 times of him saying he'd come to see me to sort things out and not coming with one excuse after another that he will not come. And yet he will not "let me go". He will not not contact me. The longest he's been without contacting me is 10 days. He is hot and cold. Sometimes begging, sometimes self pitying, always contradictory. If it wasnt for our childhood history i wouldnt give it the time of day. But now I feel for my own self preservation I have to try and ignore him and his empty words of undying love. I just dont understand why he continues making the effort to keep contacting me. Its obvious he doesnt want me back physically.

So yes its hard because I wanted to believe for so long that he wanted me. But actions speak louder than words.
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Re: The 7 Stages of Grief after the end of a relationship

Postby redbluemartin » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:36 am

Unbelievable how people can do such things to eachother.

Why leave someone feeling lonely?
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Re: The 7 Stages of Grief after the end of a relationship

Postby EarlyMorning » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:15 pm

I'm in the anger stage now. I've been through them all except acceptance. Well I accept the fact it wont work and he wont change and behave half decently. Accepting everything I ever wanted and all my hopes and dreams with him for the future are gone is harder. But anger is here. Directed at him for his con. I never hated him when we were young but I can now. I think that will help and is the key to me moving on. I didnt do the anger or the bargaining stage all those years before therefore never got to the acceptance.

Im hoping it wont be long now til Im indifferent. I've always got to have something to hope for and indifference is my new hope.
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Re: The 7 Stages of Grief after the end of a relationship

Postby andyking8484 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:06 am

It's been two years now. I went through all of the stages. I almost got out and in the last stage probably looking for someone else. Counseling is not a cure it does help in lowering the pain. Time is the only remedy that works. As time passes, pain and grief are also pass by.
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Re: The 7 Stages of Grief after the end of a relationship

Postby EarlyMorning » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:29 am

well ive been like this for 20 years over the same person so no time is not a healer. I am the healer. Taken me all those years to work that one out. Now Im getting off my butt and doing something about it for myself cos Ive had enough!
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Re: The 7 Stages of Grief after the end of a relationship

Postby EarlyMorning » Sun Apr 22, 2012 12:06 am

im now in shock/anger/denial/depression in my heart but acceptance and hope in my head. Its a strange juxtaposition.

I'm in therapy now. Without it my head would be where my heart still is. But I know Im on the right path now and my heart will eventually catch up.
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