The Kubler-Ross Grief Cycle


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In 1969, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross published On Death and Dying. This book revolutionized how grief was viewed and processed by patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses.  Kubler-Ross’ five stages of grief provided a holistic model for how to grieve, both for the dying and the bereaved, and broke away entirely from the antiseptic clinical hospital philosophy of the time that it was preferable for the physician to not discuss death with a dying patient. Her five stages of grief include denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

In recent decades, Kubler-Ross’ original five stages of grief have been expanded in recognition that people suffering from loss and other traumatic events also experience grief in similar stages. This model of grief is referred to as the Extended Grief Cycle. The two additional stages which have been added are shock and testing.

It is my intention to evaluate the trauma which propelled me to begin writing this blog to see which stages in the Extended Grief Cycle model I’ve passed through, how long I spent in each cycle, and what events or thoughts helped me transition from one stage to the next.



6 thoughts on “The Kubler-Ross Grief Cycle

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