- Denial - this is a state of shock and a way to pace facing the grief. It is nature's way of only letting in as much as we can handle.
- Anger - here we may lash out at others for the pain we are facing. The more you feel it the more it will dissipate and you will heal.
- Bargaining - in this stage you feel the guilt and ask questions such as, "What if," or "If only." We want our life restored to the way it was.
- Depression - here we are firmly in the present and feeling the pain of the loss. This is an appropriate feeling for a loss or a change and we don't know how long it will last.
- Acceptance - here we finally accept that we are not going back and that this is the new normal.
During a time of change, especially like the Covid-19 Pandemic, people will go through the five stages of grief. Based off of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross' work, the five stages of grief also relate to any change process that we go through. The five stages are:
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.