Five Stages of Grief
Denial and Isolation
At first, we tend to deny the loss has taken place. We may withdraw from our usual social contacts. This stage may last a few moments, or even longer.
The grieving person may be furious at the person who inflicted the hurt, even if that person is the deceased. They may also feel anger at the world for letting it happen, at him- or herself for letting the death occur even though realistically nothing could have prevented the death.
The grieving person may make bargains with God, asking, "If I do this, will you take away the loss?"
The person feels numb, although anger and sadness may remain underneath.
This is when anger, sadness and mourning begin to taper off. The person begins to accept the reality of the loss.