The second stage is Anger. Anger begins when denial ends, and it doesn’t have to be logical or valid. You could be angry at your loved one for leaving or not taking care of themselves. You could be angry at yourself for not seeing it coming or angry with the doctors for not saving your loved one.

Then more feelings surface, anger is usually the carrier for sadness, panic, hurt and loneliness. These feelings appear after you start functioning at a normal pace. Anger is a necessary stage of the healing process. Be willing to feel your anger, even though it may seem endless. The more you truly feel it, the more it will begin to dissipate and the more you heal.

The best ways to deal with anger is to acknowledge it. Embrace it. Don’t suppress it. Let it out! Talk to a friend or counsellor. Go for a walk, run or hike. Any kind of exercise or just scream into a pillow. Find a quiet place and let it out.

Anger is a natural emotion, by suppressing anger when it comes only makes the grieving process harder and longer. So, allow yourself to feel and be angry. The anger will subside and the feelings of loss will change form again. That brings us to the third step which is bargaining…