Disability and the stages of grief

A grinning white haired man looking up from a seated position.

A disability diagnosis, whether the result of an emerging condition, illness, injury or age can be a traumatic and life-altering event.  The mental response to such an event can trigger what psychologists refer to as the stages of grief and loss.

Shock and denial. This is a state of disbelief and numbed feelings.
Pain and guilt. 
Anger and bargaining.
Depression. 
The upward turn.
Reconstruction and working through. 
Acceptance and hope.

Whether a person moves through these stages isn’t a matter of mental toughness, spiritual awareness or positive outlook.  It is also not a chemical imbalance and it doesn’t mean something is wrong with a person.  A person cannot break out of this cycle, by merely having a ‘stiff upper lip’ and getting over it.

When a condition is progressive or moves through stages, there is a very real risk that a person will go through the stages multiple times.

A person who finds themselves struggling through the stages, or trapped in a stage, should seek out knowledgeable and compassionate support and help.  If you are a friend, carer, support person or loved one who is struggling with the stages you should firmly and with empathy urge them towards help.

The Enabled.vip team certainly includes people who have experienced this kind of draining and demoralising journey.  We can offer a patient and emphatic ear.  But we are not professionals and talking to us is not a valid alternative to seeking professional help.

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A disability diagnosis, whether the result of an emerging condition, illness, injury or age can be a traumatic and life-altering event.  The mental response to such an event can trigger what psychologists refer to as the stages of grief and loss. Shock and denial. This is a state of disbelief and numbed feelings. Pain and guilt.  Anger and bargaining. Depression.  The upward turn...

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