- To accept the reality of the loss. To come face to face with the reality of the loss as irretrievable.
- To experience the pain of grief. Including the literal physical pain that many experience and the emotional and behavioral pain associated with loss.
- To adjust to an environment in which the deceased is missing. Reorganizing and adjusting one’s life so that life can go on. Learning new skills and discovering inner abilities.
- To withdraw emotional energy and reinvest it. This task affects an emotional withdrawal and release from the loss so that this emotional energy can be reinvested in someone or something else.
*From Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, A Handbook for Mental Health Practitioners, by J. William Worden, Ph.D., Springer Publishing co., New York, 1982