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Testing stage

 

Disciplines > Change Management > The Kübler-Ross grief cycle > Testing stage

Symptoms | Treatment | See also

 

In the Extended Kübler-Ross Grief Cycle, the sixth stage is one of cautious testing. In order, the stages are: Shock, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Testing, Acceptance.

This stage is not explicitly in the original Kübler-Ross model. However it is useful to understand and facilitating change.

Symptoms

Even in the pit of depressive despair, reality eventually starts to bite and the person realizes that they cannot stay in that deep, dark hole forever. They thus start looking for realistic things that they can do. These may be taken on as 'experiments' to see if doing these things help the situation in any way. As this activity starts to work, at least in some ways, it is found to be preferred to the depression and so the person crawls out of that dark hole.

This escape is often done with the support of friends, family and professionals who specialize in helping people in whatever situation this is. In medicine, hospices help the terminally ill face their short futures with courage. In organizations, counselors and outplacement consultants help individuals move on to other work.

Treatment

When they reach out towards the road to acceptance, they are at last on their way out of the mire. Help them try different solutions and to see that they can, after all, have an effect on their future. Hand as much control to them as possible, as this gives them a lifeline of stability on which to pull themselves forward.

See also

Coping Mechanisms

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, On Death and Dying, Macmillan, NY, 1969

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