If there’s one thing every single human being wishes they could avoid at all costs when it comes to relationships, it would be heartbreak. But somehow, no matter how much we try to evade it, it’s virtually inevitable: At one point or another, someone will come along and, in return for your affection, will trample your heart to pieces. Such is life.
For many of us, the only thing that feels worse than getting one's heart broken will be grieving the death of someone close to us. Come to think of it, that's exactly what heartbreak is: grieving the death of a relationship.
You might be familiar with a concept known as the Kübler-Ross model, which suggests we go through a series of five stages whenever we grieve the loss of a loved one: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. You very well may progress through emotional states during and after a breakup, too, though they'll be different from those experienced after a death in a few specific (and important) ways. Read on to learn all about them.