Stage 6. Mourning

Stage 6. Mourning

Now this phase relates to the ending of relationships in any form, whether that is because your partner has either passed away or moved away. This is a natural process after the loss of any significant relationship, and is one that must be experienced and processed, before you can move successfully on to any other significant relationship. It is generally accepted these days that there are five stages of grief: those being denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Nonetheless, it should be noted here that each of the last four stages are interchangeable and the level of distress experienced is reliant on the attachment one has to their partner along with supports available to them (i.e., social supports, medical/psychological supports and individual coping mechanisms). The length of time one ‘stays’ in each of the stages also varies and again is dependent on attachment and support. Nonetheless, mourning and grieving are natural and healthy processes at the end of a relationship, as long as you do not turn yourself into a victim in the process (i.e., by assuming a ‘poor me’ attitude). The mourning process allows you to honour the joys and to reflect on the disasters of your relationship. Such reflection on lessons learned in your previous relationship can assist you, if and, when you are ready to move into your next relationship.

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