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Stage V—Acceptance

“Now that I have been given a lemon, I’ll have to make lemonade!” “Now that I have had a chance to get some of these feelings out, I can start to write that new job description.” “Well, if you can’t beat them, join them!” “I’m still not happy about this change, but I’m going to look at this as a challenge rather than a punishment.”

Acceptance is primarily an intellectual state. It means that the person has accepted the inevitable. Being emotionally OK with the change may not necessarily be part of the early period of this phase. A dying person may get his or her financial affairs in order, complete unfinished business with loved ones and develop a strong spiritual sense, yet still not be all that happy about the coming profound change.


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