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Stage 1: Denial and Isolation
Mom and Dad will get back together.
Stage 2: Anger
How can my parents do this to me? They betrayed me. I am supposed to have two parents. If they really loved me, they would stay together.
Stage 3: Bargaining
If I am really good, maybe they will get back together. Children see parents as powerful people that have command of things. When divorce happens, they blame themselves. Self-blame is a way to get control over things they feel they can't explain.
Stage 4: Depression
The child experiences intense pain, as he/she realizes the reality of the situation. The security of parents being together, and that life is okay, is gone. The emptiness inside can't be filled.
Stage 5: Acceptance
Mom and Dad are not going to get back together again. Divorce is permanent. It's okay that my friends know my parents are divorced.