I get asked that question a lot. Here is what I say to those that aren't sure:
There are no clear defined stages of grief. Every person grieves in their individual unique way. Trying to put anyone into a defined stage of grief only leads to more hurt.
If anyone approaches us with their feelings of grief. We should just be quiet, open our heart and listen to that person without any judgement or advice. It is OK to say to them, that we have no words (for their grief).
Even if we have experienced loss ourselves in the past we still don’t know how our friends or family members feel when they experience the death of a loved one. We don’t know what they are feeling. Grief has no clear defined rules or timelines.
Please be there for each other, keep your heart open and your mouth shut (smile).
Listening from your heart is the biggest gift you can give in any grief situation.
Take good care,