Katie Naftzger, LICSW

family therapist, adoption specialist, speaker, author

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Five Stages of Grief and the Boston Marathon Explosion

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross suggested that there are five stages of grief:  denial, bargaining, anger, depression, acceptance.

Many of us are watching the footage and the updates trying to get through the denial that this could really happen.  I believe that much of Boston is in a state of depression.  Many of us were lucky, but those who weren’t suffered a lasting trauma that has done irreparable damage.  We’re grieving the loss of those who didn’t make it through, and we’re also grieving the loss of innocence,  the invincibility and joy that we’re routing for each other, that anything is possible.  Evil didn’t exist on marathon day, until now.

It’s going to take some time.

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