For anyone going through a breakup

^For anyone going through a breakup situation, these are the 7 stages that everybody goes through. It's all perfectly normal, and nobody goes through it in exactly the same order. Sometimes all at the same time. Just know, you are not broken. You are normal. The process is normal. -Ken (source follows the list)

Denial
In the immediate time after a breakup, the griever may still think that she and her partner will mend the relationship. Even if the breakup was permanent, the griever may tell herself that she and her former partner could reunite if the former partner will change. According to recover-from-grief.com, this stage allows for emotional protection to keep the griever from experiencing overwhelming emotion. A person will move on from the denial phase when she accepts the finality of the relationship.

Guilt
After a relationship, the griever may blame himself for everything that went wrong. He may tell himself that if only he could have done certain things better, he and his former partner would still be together. Getting through this stage requires that the griever admit that the end of the relationship was caused by both partners. He must learn from his mistakes.

Sadness
This period of sadness always follows a breakup. The griever should spend the time experiencing the emotion rather than trying to hide from it. This stage fills the griever with insecurity and makes it hard to go about daily tasks. Supportive friends, exercise and counseling may help the griever move past this stage.

Anger
The griever may start to feel anger toward her previous partner. She might also feel irrationally angry toward others in her life. Healing comes when the griever allows herself to fully feel the anger, according to grief.com. Journaling and exercising may help the griever move past the anger.

Upward Turn
At one point during the grief process, the feelings become easier to manage. This shows that the grief has run its course. The griever learns to experience and live life without his former partner.

Rebuilding
The griever begins to build life without her former partner. She starts to think rationally again. A life forms apart from the relationship.

Acceptance
This means that the griever fully accepts the breakup and can move on with life. Dating becomes a reality again. The griever shows acceptance when he starts to look for a new relationship without giving much care to his old one.

Read more: The Seven Stages of Grief for Breaking Up | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6973543_seven-stages-grief-breaking-up.html#ixzz1Yn5dztwu^

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