The five stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. The five widely accepted stages are, in order: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
The mind processes grief very much the same way it processes the five stages of a career in Public Safety, only ass backwards! It doesnâ€™t matter if you are a police officer, firefighter, EMT, dispatcher, soldier or correctional officer, the emotions experienced are universal, and need to be experienced to be fully understood. They go something like this.