FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Stages of Grief

with Ron Deal | November 20, 2023
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  • Ron Deal

    Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at

Today, I’m on my soapbox.

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Stages of Grief

With Ron Deal
November 20, 2023
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Ron: Today, I’m on my soapbox.

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: There are five stages of grief, right? Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and then acceptance. But this stage model from Elizabeth Kubler-Ross applied to people who are dying not those left behind. She studied anticipatory grief and that’s it. And, I can’t find any empirical evidence that says these stages exist let alone that you go through them in any particular order. But still we apply her model to all forms of grief, from the loss of a child, to divorce, to dead cats.

Look, grief is a journey not a destination and you can’t predict the path. Don’t program grief. Just walk the journey with God and the people who love you. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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