Learning to Live With Empty Spaces


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Have you ever called that number you know by heart to ask a simple question and realized that halfway through the 2nd ring, the person you’re trying to reach wasn’t going to answer? That they’re not able to anymore? Though we usually associate grieving with the death of a loved one, any loss can cause grief. This includes losing a job, the end of a relationship, a miscarriage, or loss of a friendship. To start, grieving is a natural response to loss. During the grieving process, you tend to experience all sorts of difficult emotions, from shock, guilt, or profound sadness. Generally, we all go through five different stages of grief.


  1. Denial

The initial reaction to grief is denial. Denying something gives you more time to gradually absorb the news before you begin to process it. This is a common coping mechanism that helps you numb the intensity of the situation.


  1. Anger

While denial can be considered a coping mechanism, Healthline explains that anger is a masking effect that hides many of the emotions you may ca