As a trained and experienced therapist I know the five stages of grief well.
As a survivor of loss I’ll tell you where you can stick those five stages.
Loss leaves us forever changed and not wrapped up pretty with a bow in the 5th and final stage of acceptance.
Rather, grief and loss are like handling negotiations with the average three year old; riding the waves between wild, stubborn tantrums full of attitude and affectionate cuddles sprinkled with articulated love.
Grief can feel like the dramatic threenager, and sometimes we just have to be along for the ride.