Grieving the loss of an experience, a substance, an opportunity, a relationship, a lifestyle, or a loved one is a process that traverses through several stages until we reach our "new normal."
Time does not heal all wounds, but we learn to accept and find a new way while coping with the loss. There is no set time and the stages depicted may arrive out of order, may repeat, or may be skipped.
We must be patient and kind with ourselves as we individually experience bereavement and understand that even a positive loss (the end of substance abuse or a dangerous relationship) may be grieved." - Natalie D'Annibale, M.A.