11 Steps to Grief Recovery to Help You Live After Loss

Grief is acute pain that comes with loss. The loss can be a major health change, divorce, death of pet, or death of a loved one. It is a physical and emotional reaction. People respond to grief in various ways depending on their relationship, the nature of the loss and their support system. Dr. Victoria Smithers helps you to discover 11 steps to grief recovery to help you live after loss. If you are going through grief recovery, please reach out to a trusted friend, relative, qualified grief counselor or pastor for the support you need. If you would like to have help from God, please watch the video below.

What are the 5 stages of grief?

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

These stages of grief can happen in any order and some people don’t experience them all.  (Ackerman, 2020.  P.1-23) Read on to discover 11 steps to grief recovery to help you live after loss.

What are the common symptoms of grief?

  • numbness
  • shock and sadness
  • anxiety
  • anger
  • denial
  • guilt
  • thoughts about death

If you are experiencing and thoughts of self harm please reach out to:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


What are the Four Tasks of Mourning?

  1. To accept the reality of the loss
  2. To work through the pain of grief
  3. To adjust to life without the deceased
  4. To maintain a connection to the deceased while moving on with life (Feldman, D.B. 2017.)

Read on to discover 11 steps to grief recovery to help you live after loss

What are some Bible verses about grief?

“We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.

For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2Corinthians 4:18)

What are the 11 steps to grief recovery?

  1. Minister to body, soul and spirit to find your way out of grief
  2. Use support group-friends, family or church
  3. Feel free to cry and express emotions
  4. Pray to the Lord to deliver you from grief and help with forgiveness, fear or anger
  5. Rest often
  6. Eat a healthy diet
  7. Exercise and get plenty of sunshine
  8. Develop a disciplined prayer practice
  9. Seek peace with the past 
  10. Read scripture and memorize
  11. Develop hope in eternity (Hunt, 2008. P187-189)


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If this video connected with you in some way, and you’d like to find out more about having a relationship with God and how His forgiveness and grace applies to you, a great place to start is praying the prayer below. The words themselves aren’t magic, but if you earnestly pray them and mean them, God will hear you! He’ll help you in ways you don’t understand, and we’ll help you find support and next steps.

The Prayer

Jesus, I don't know You, and I don't know what Your plan is for me. But thank you for coming to die in my place. I'm sorry for anything I've ever done wrong in my life. I don't understand how You could ever forgive me, but if You really would, I would like to accept your free gift of grace and complete forgiveness. Please come into my life and take control, and help me trust You. In Jesus' name I pray,

Did you pray this prayer?

So Now What?

If you really meant that prayer, the next step is to get you connected with other Christ-followers near you so you can grow, learn and become stronger in your faith.

Click the CONNECT NOW button below to find a group of believers who can help you establish that relationship with God that you’ve only just begun.

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