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One of our practice members, (thank you Dawn), forwarded this article to me yesterday and I thought I would share it with you. It’s from the Harvard business review and they interviewed David Kessler on Grief.

As I spoke with patient after patient today, I realized that most of us are ping ponging around between stage 4 and 5. I know a lot of us had to sit down with ourselves this past weekend and give ourselves a pep talk.

For those of you who have not really been able to identify what you are feeling this may shed some insight and help you find clarity. With clarity you can regroup, take action and build new routines.

Yes, this is temporary but it’s on the virus’s time, not ours.

So, let’s all take a deep breath, look around at our lives, and see what can be done now.

Kessler Identifies that what we are feeling collectively as a nation is Grief and he goes on to describe the stages of it.

Stage 1: There’s denial, which we say a lot of early on: This virus won’t affect us.
Stage 2: There’s anger: You’re making me stay home and taking away my activities.
Stage 3: There’s bargaining: “Okay, if I social distance for two weeks everything will be better, right?”
Stage 4: There’s sadness: “I don’t know when this will end.”
Stage 5: Acceptance. “This is happening; I have to figure out how to proceed.”
Stage 6: Meaning/Finding meaning. “What is the purpose and where is the light?”

To read the full article Click Here.

Wishing you Well,

Dr. Purcell
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