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How “Five Stages” Misrepresented Grief Onscreen

Grief has always been an unavoidable part of the human experience. Yet for the longest time, in film and TV it’s typically been oversimplified, represented as a one-size-fits-all set of “five stages” that’s solved by the end of the story. After the events of 2020 forced our culture to collectively process grief and loss, media is, at last, giving us more diverse and in-depth depictions of the many forms grief takes. Here’s our Take on how we’ve been misunderstanding grief all this time.