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Beware the 5 Stages

Dr. Kubler-Ross with Mother Theresa.

Dr. Kubler-Ross with Mother Theresa.

Not long after Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ “On Death and Dying” (1969) was published, her five stages of dying entered the popular consciousness. Those same stages were eventually used to explain the path of grief.

We love lists. Comedian David Letterman did his popular Top Tens right up to his retirement show. If you follow sports, you know the importance of rankings. What team is #1? Is your team in the Top 25? We rate cardiac surgeons and pizza joints. The Internet is filled with lists: 9 steps to financial freedom or 7 ways to grow a new head of hair.

So, my reading friends, what are Kubler-Ross’ five stages? No Googling allowed! No stealing glances at your bookshelf. No asking a spouse, child, colleague, or passing stranger for help. And once you have what you think is the correct five, please put them in order. Don’t look to the next paragraph until you’ve completed the tasks! Read More →

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