parksje wrote:I gotta agree with IrishSpike here. I didn't go through any denial, shock, depression, or anger. We're not talking about a terminal illness. We're talking about something that can mostly be fixed pretty much painlessly. Sure, there's an adjustment, but c'mon, it's not chemotherapy.
People have a whole range of responses. For you and IrishSpike, and others who have commented, it's great that you didn't experience denial, shock, depression, or anger. But as I responded to IrishSpike, many people do. I experienced those phases years ago when I lost a job and when I lost a carpool partner. It may not make sense to you, but for me it was real, although nowhere near as intense as when I lost my mother. Sometimes it can be a tremendous challenge for one person to understand the reaction another person has to a particular situation when your reaction was totally different. It's nigh impossible to get into the other person's mind to sort out why they respond as they do. All I ask is that you be willing to accept the idea that another person's reaction is real and valid for them, even if their reaction is totally bewildering to you. We are all different.
I will review the document though to see if I need to make it more clear that some people don't react with denial, shock, depression, or anger, but rather react with great relief as you have.
I welcome any suggestions for revisions from others. Please PM them to me to avoid loading down this topic. Thanks.
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