A lot has been written about the grieving process. The Kuebler-Ross model, also known as the grief cycle, is probably the best known description of the grieving process. Dr. Kuebler-Ross' model offers 5 stages of grief that need to be traversed for grief to be resolved. However, grieving rarely follows a straight forward move through the different stages.
Kuebler-Ross has already pointed out that grieving is a very individual process. People may wander back and forth in the grief cycle, repeat stages over and over again, or may get stuck at some point. The 5 stages are:
Grieving is a very individual experience that differs from person to person. How and how much a person grieves depends on a wide range of factors. The significance of the loss, the available support, the strength of one's faith, individual coping style and other personality traits, general health, and one's financial security all influence the path of the grieving process. This process is also affected by the grieving person's ability to look after him/herself and how much love and support the grieving person receives from people around him/her. These factors will determine whether the person is barely coping or safely moving through the grieving process.