Chicago Bears fans are still trying to recover from a devastating 16-15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round. We look at the stages of grief and how they apply.
What you’re feeling is totally normal. After the gut-wrenching Chicago Bears loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, what you’re going through is one of the five stages of grief. It’s like a break-up or any other kind of loss.
The Chicago Bears took fans on a thrilling 12-4 ride this season and seemed poised to make a deep playoff run. Hosting the lowest seed to make the playoffs, an Eagles team that only made it into the postseason by virtue of the Bears win over the Minnesota Vikings last week, the Bears had high expectations.
The Bears started off slowly against the Eagles, but thanks to the heroics of Mitch Trubisky, the Bears were staked to a fourth-quarter lead. The defense uncharacteristically gave up their lead late in the fourth quarter and it looked like lights out for the Bears.
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But then Tarik Cohen sprang a long kick return. Hope. Mitch Trubisky hit a couple of great passes to set the Bears up. More hope. Line up Cody Parkey. Kick. Through the uprights. BUT…. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson called a timeout to ice Parkey. No problem, right? RIGHT???
Oh. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. DOINK! DOUBLE DOINK!!! Ballgame.
And just like that, the Bears season came to a screeching halt and you’re having all of these feelings. These are feelings of grief from the sudden and unexpected loss. Over the next days, weeks, heck maybe even months, you’ll be going through the stages of grief.
As a public service to our readers, we’re giving you a crash course on the five stages of grief and how you’ll likely move through the stages to deal with this. Keep in mind, this is a PROCESS and everyone goes through them at their own pace and in their own way.
Fives stages of grief:
Let’s go through the stages, see where you are and let the healing begin!