The first stage of coping with death is denial, explains Psych Central. This is a normal response to overwhelming feelings. Denial serves as a coping mechanism to mitigate the initial shock.
Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross introduced what became known as the five stages of grief, states Psych Central. Popularly known by the acronym DABDA, they are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. In the denial stage, grieving people are unable or unwilling to accept that loss has taken (or will shortly take) place.
Not everyone who grieves goes through all 5 stages or goes through them in order, according to HelpGuide.org. Healing from grief is still possible without going through these stages sequentially or even going through them at all.