Grief is our natural healing response to the loss of someone or something that we had loved or when we are faced with extreme change. It is a complex process, not an event, proceeding in stages from initial shock and chaos through adaption on to acceptance and transformation.
GRIEVING A LOST RELATIONSHIP
The person left behind is unable to admit that the relationship is over. He/she may continue to seek the former partner’s attention.
The partner left behind may blame the departing partner, or him/herself.
The partner left behind may plead with a departing partner that the stimulus that provoked the breakup shall not be repeated.
Example: “I can change. Please give me a chance.”
Alternatively, he/she may attempt to renegotiate the terms of the relationship.
The partner left behind might feel discouraged that his or her bargaining plea did not convince the former partner to stay.
Lastly, the partner abandons all efforts toward renewal of the relationship.
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