When a big change in life occurs how should you feel? What should you do? How should you move forward? Since 1969 the path way many Americans use is the five DABDA stages (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance) described by Dr Kübler-Ross in her book On Death and Dying. It moved from the realm of end of life care and hospice into how to manage change in business and all aspects of major disruptive transitions in life.
For me Acceptance became not a stage to achieve, rather letting go of Denial, Fear, Anger and Depression to let in rational thought. Life may not be what I want, it does become easier to live, make changes and move into the directions I desire.
Over time the five stages have morphed into 7 steps on a Change Curve