Loss is loss. Change is loss.
Death, divorce, job loss or other dramatic changes in status are demonstrable losses. Change of any sort is the result of the loss of previous behaviors and cognitive states. Changing parts of ourselves may be more life altering and at least as painful as a more tangible loss.
In numerous articles, lectures and books on the stages of dying, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross has recognized five stages on the continuum of processing loss. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are the milestones. Her description has helped millions of individuals become aware of the process of letting go; not only of life itself, but of anything that must leave or change.
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