The Kubler-Ross Five Stages of Acceptance are intended to describe stages of facing one’s own demise, however these can apply equally to the final acts of dates, marriages, and trades. The stages are:

Denial - The “This can’t be real” stage.: “This is not happening to me. There must be a mistake.” (T=3 for Chrissake!)

Anger - The “Why me?” stage.: “How dare you do this to me?!” (either referring to God, the deceased, or oneself) (worked 9 out of last 10 times, and look at this!)

Bargaining - The “If I do this, you’ll do that” stage.: “Just let me live to see my son graduate.” (OK please just back to even and I will never do it again)

Depression - The “Defeated” stage.: “I can’t bear to face going through this, putting my family through this.” (See ya later/going hiking without a cell phone)

Acceptance - The “This is going to happen” stage.: “I’m ready, I don’t want to struggle anymore.” (Well, it’s guaranteed to happen; finally glad to have found a niche in the ecosystem)


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