The first year marks the first time you experience and do everything without the person you have lost. Traditionally, society believed that it gets easier after the first year. Some still believe this nowadays. The truth is that the challenging time post-loss is as individual as the bereaved themselves. Trust in your own time-line processing grief.
1. Shock and numbness
The very first phase of grief will most likely be spent in numbness from the shock. This is a protective way for the body to help you cope with the intensity.
Living through the first phase of grief may not seem survivable. It may even seem as no relief to know other bereaved have walked this path before. It is survivable and it takes time and energy. [Tweet “Grief is survivable and it takes time and energy.”]