In this stage, people who are grieving are unable or unwilling to accept that the loss has taken place.
Denial is a conscious or unconscious refusal to accept facts, information and reality, relating to the situation at hand.
There are five stages of grief that were first suggested by Elisabeth Kubler Ross, these are: 1. The 5 stages don’t occur in a specific order, some before others as it varies from person to person.
People’s grief and other reactions to emotional trauma are as individual as a fingerprint.
Some people can be become locked in this stage when dealing with upsetting change that can be disregarded.
The first reaction to learning of terminal illness or death of a loved one is to rebuff the reality of the situation.
The model recognises that people have to pass through their own journey of coming to terms with death.
After which there is generally an acceptance of reality, which then allows the person to cope.
The process can be long and involves many feelings such as shock and denial; pain and guilt; anger and bargaining; depression, reflection and loneliness; the upward turn, reconstruction and working through; and finally acceptance and hope.
The feelings don 't necessarily have to be in that order but is it likely that a person grieving will experience most if not all of those feelings.