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June 27, 2007

The Stage Theory of Grief

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2007;297(24):2692-2694. doi:10.1001/jama.297.24.2692-a

To the Editor: The cohort study investigating the stage theory of grief by Dr Maciejewski and colleagues1 presents a review of the literature that we feel is selective. We believe that the variability in the nature and course of grief2,3 makes it untenable to maintain that “the stage theory of grief remains a widely accepted model of bereavement adjustment. . . .”1 Not everyone goes through an orderly sequence of reactions with defined stages.

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