According to Psych.com, “Denial is the stage that can initially help you survive the loss. You might think life makes no sense, has no meaning, and is too overwhelming.” This is the part where you still can’t believe that Cody Parkey missed the decisive 43-yard field goal. You can’t believe it’s over. Your reaction may have been similar to some of these:
I think I’m still on the Denial stage; I can’t believe they lost. I can’t believe HOW they lost. I can’t believe Parkey hit an upright AGAIN!!!
***Warning, some of the content in the Anger portion of this post is NSFW***
Anger is the stage where you start to let reality set in. For some Bears fans in attendance Sunday, they moved from Denial to Anger quickly, booing Parkey off the field.
For others, it was just some good old-fashioned, albeit very NSFW, venting.
Anger is an important step in the grieving process. It’s important not to stay in this stage too long and it’s more important not to act on the anger.