Kubler-Ross Is Back! It has no supporting evidence for dealing with grief. It's just this weird European idea that sounded plausible a few decades ago. There are no "stages" of grief that people go through. They experience these feelings in no particular order over time, and return to them as circumstances suggest them. No cycle. No progression. Just a list of things people often feel when contemplating the loss of those they love. None of it is false in an absolute sense. It just seems comforting to folks to think there might be this pattern which they can count on to bring them to the other side. It ain't so. Grief is grief. It can be devastating and immediate, it can be very slow and complicated.
But it was one of those ideas, like Freudian psychology was to people who wanted to talk about sex but still sound intellectual, that caught the imagination, and now is apparently being pressed into service to explain any idea that people have trouble accepting right off. As far as I know, there is no pattern to ideas we don't want to accept but ultimately have to. I have had several over the course of my intellectual and emotional life, and don't see a clear progression even for this one individual.
The article isn't bad, really. Some good thoughts about hard truths. But Kubler me no Roths, thank you.