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Hope Thru Grief

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Have you recently lost a loved one? Are you struggling with grief? Don’t understand why the world has moved on and you are stuck? Wondering what will help? Have you lost all hope you will get back to any kind of “normal”? Hope Thru Grief features husband and wife co-hosts Steve Smelski and Shelly … read more


Kubler-Ross Model Five Stages of Grief

Everyone tries to break grief down into a list of neat little stages. However, grief doesn’t always work, or feel that way. Everyone may experience the emotions of grief differently and in a much different order. 

Today we will examine and discuss in detail Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ model of the Five Stages of Grief*. Dr. Kubler-Ross developed this model in 1969. The model includes the stages of:

  • (2:05) Overiew Kubler-Ross model
  • (4:14) Denial*
  • (8:31) Anger*
  • (13:01) [Guilt]
  • (16:53) Bargaining*
  • (19:53) Depression*
  • (25:51) Acceptance*
  • (31:40) [Control]
  • (37:32) [Additional Clinical Lists for Another Time]

While Dr. Kubler-Ross identified 5 particular stages or parts, it is important to realize there are many subsets and emotions for each of these. It is also important to realize grief “is not linear” so you may not experience these in this order, or only once. Because Dr. Kubler-Ross developed this model from observing patients experiencing grief, rather than from a personal experience, we don’t necessarily experience grief in this order. 

There are many links to different pages discussing this model, here are two of them: and   Marshall and Steve discuss these topics, as well as a couple more in this episode of Hope Thru Grief. 

We welcome your comments and questions! Send an email to and please share our show with anyone you know that is struggling with loss and grief. You can find us on the internet to continue the conversation!





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Marshall Adler and Steve Smelski, co-hosts of Hope Thru Grief are not medical, or mental health professionals, therefore we cannot and will not give any medical, or mental health advice. If you, or anyone you know needs medical or mental health treatment, please contact a medical or mental health professional immediately.

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Marshall Adler

Steve Smelski

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