chapter  8
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The Grieving Pro cess

Shock: Usually lasting for a period of minutes to a couple of days, this stage is characterized by disbelief, “I can’t believe it,” or “This can’t be happening to me.” It is a kind of anesthetized response (numbness) which protects one from the impact of the blow. Shock sometimes provides enough anesthetic for a person to continue normal activities for a while-making decisions and taking care of immediate needs.