Letters to the Editor

America is still cycling through the 5 stages of election grief

Hillary Clinton supporters react as results come in at an election night party for the Democratic presidential candidate at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, late on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.
Hillary Clinton supporters react as results come in at an election night party for the Democratic presidential candidate at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, late on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. AP

It is saddening that many people feel disappointed with the results of the Nov. 8 presidential election results so long after it is over.

As someone who has gone through grief, it reminds me of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ analysis of the five stages of grief recovery:

1) Denial — the surprise outcome of the election.

2) Anger — protests that are verbal, written and physical.

3) Bargaining — seeking recounts and electoral vote changes.

4) Depression — unable to cope with reality.

5) Acceptance.

This jumble of emotions needs to lead to a healthy attitude of acceptance that results in trying to move on in peace.

Virginia Cleath, San Luis Obispo

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