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I think it varies. Each person I have lost (including my own children) has had a different impact on me. Each time I have a different reaction. I don't usually notice all five stages. (Though when my friend, Jen, passed away in 8th grade, I clearly went through all five stages.)
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Proud former foster parent to a teen. Waiting on our next call. Proud Aunt to 22.
Proud mommy to 7 angels. Survivor of 4 failed adoptions (5 kids)
I believe in the traditional model, I used to be a therapist, so it's my training. But people move forwards and backwards, slowly and quickly, so there is a lot of individual variability. I breezed through denial and bargaining in about 5 minutes when we learned we couldn't save him, but I'm still pretty angry.