Denial – Anger – Bargaining – Depression – Acceptance
The five stages of grief when a person know he is dying, that was first mentioned in Kubler-Rose‘s book On Death and Dying. Those 5 stages can be applied to personal loss too.
A recently biz screw-up left me going thru the same phases… except I am still stuck at the Depression stage (sigh) and waiting to get myself to the Acceptance stage so that I can move on.
Here’s a more descriptive meaning for the 5 Stages of Grief.
- Denial – The “This can’t be real” stage.: “I’m not here, This isn’t happening.”
- Anger – The “Why me?” stage.: “How dare you do this to me?!” (either referring to God, the deceased, or oneself)
- Bargaining – The “If I do this, you’ll do that” stage.: “Just let me live to see my son graduate.”
- Depression – The “Defeated” stage.: “I can’t bear to face going through this, putting my family through this.”
- Acceptance – The “This is going to happen” stage.: “I’m ready, I don’t want to struggle anymore.”