Shock – 1st Stage

Among the bereavement stages I studied there was a general consensus that shock is the 1st stage a grieving person goes through.

Some people spend only a few minutes in this initial phase while others can spend many weeks feeling numb.

Shock Numb


At this time others may experience disbelief or denial; “This can’t be happening!”


Often this is the stage a person is in at the time of the funeral. Probably you have heard people say; “I can’t believe how will he/she is handling this!”. Usually this is the stage where one feels numb. The death doesn’t feel real yet.


Don’t make the mistake of thinking the person doesn’t care, or is coping so well that they don’t need you. That is absolutely untrue! Soon all of their emotion will come crashing in and that is when they will need your support.




Go to Stage 2 - Emotion




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