5 Stages in Popular Media

The “5 Stages” concept is extremely well-ingrained within society and popular media. The Stages and references to Dr. Kübler-Ross are used on a daily basis throughout television, feature films, video clips, radio, cartoons, music, and more.

Popular Media Lists

  • 30 Rock - YouTube video clip - 5 stages mentioned in three episodes
  • A Fall From Grace
  • After Life w/Ricky Gervais - On Netflix
  • American Dad - YouTube video clip
  • And Just Like That (Sex in the City) - 2022 - Carrie mentions the sixth Stage
  • Blackadder - Season 3
  • Bojack Horseman - Netflix - Link
  • The Bold and The Beautiful, Annika Noelle's "Hope" character - Link
  • Breaking Bad
  • BrooklynNineNine - "Ding Dong" Episode
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Season 6, Episode #1 (Named after 3rd stage)
  • Castle
  • Chicago Fire, Season 7, Episode 18
  • Community
  • Council of Dad's - Episode 4, Robin goes through the stages of grief -  Link
  • Criminal Minds - Season 6, Episode #20
  • The Daily Show: "Remembering RBG: A Nation Ugly Cries with Desi Lydic"
  • Dead Like Me - YouTube video clip
  • Dr. Who - Episode "The End of Time"
  • The Flash, Season 6
  • Fleishman, Episode 4, 2022 - Link
  • Frasier - Season 6, Episode #1
  • General Hospital - Drew Cain (Billy Miller) goes through stages after son dies.
  • The Good Place
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • The Haunting of the Hill House
  • Hawaii Five-O, Season 10, Episode #13
  • High Maintenance - Season 3
  • House - YouTube video clip
  • House M.D. - YouTube clip
  • I Hate Suzie - Character goes through one stage per show, UK, 2020
  • Inside No. 9 - BBC - Last Episode 2023
  • Jimmy Kimmel - Used in multiple episodes incl. this one, YouTube video clip
  • The Kominski Method, Michrael - "A Daughter Detoxes", Season 2, Episode #6
  • Law and Order
  • Magnum, Season 6, Episode 123
  • Maryland (ITV Drama), Suranne Jones, 2023 - Link
  • The Midnight Club - Netflix, 2022 - Link
  • Monk
  • The Nanny
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
  • Never have I Ever, Sesaon 3, Episode 4 - Link
  • New Girl - YouTube video clip
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Popular
  • Pushing Daisies - Season 1, Episode #7
  • OC - YouTube video clip
  • On My Block (Netflix) - Season 2
  • One Tree Hill - YouTube video clip
  • Outlander - Season 6, Jamie Fraser's character
  • Ramy - May Calamawy, Episode 5, 3riana grande
  • Rizzoli & Isles - YouTube video clip
  • Roswell, New Mexico - Episode 7, Liz talks about the 5 stages
  • Scorpion
  • Scrubs - YouTube video clip
  • Sesame Street - "Good-Bye Mr. Hooper" episode
  • SEX Education, Aimee Lou Wood, Season 2
  • Sorry For Your Loss, played by Elizabeth Olsen
  • Star Trek, Next Generation
  • Star Trek Voyager - "Imperfection" episode
  • Stephen Colbert, used Multiple shows
  • The Simpsons - YouTube video clip
  • Supernatural - "In my Time of Dying" episode
  • Teen Titan Go! - YouTube video clip
  • Tenacious D
  • That 70’s Show - YouTube video clip
  • Trying
  • Uncoupled, with Patrick Harris, Netflix, 2022 - Link
  • WandaVision - Elizabeth Olsen's character - Link
  • Wings
  • A Simple Favor, 2018
  • After Yang, starring Colin Farrell, 2021
  • All That Jazz, 1979
  • Avengers: Endgame - LInk
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, 2023 - Link
  • The Bucket List, 2007
  • A Child in Time - Macdonald & Cumberbatch's character's - Link
  • The Cheating Game, 2023 (Malaysia) - Story follows Five Stages
  • Cruella, 2021
  • Deadpool 2, 2018
  • The Duff, 2015
  • Eep Allay Ooo, India
  • The Farewell (2019)
  • Fatherhood (2020)
  • A Ghost Story - Casey Affleck's character (2017)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997), Five Stages written on Chalkboard of Robin Williams classroom
  • Goodbye, by Vikas Bahl, India (2022) - Link
  • Groundhog Day - Writer Harold Ramis used The Five Stages as a template for Bill Murray's progress - Link
  • Happy Death Day 2U
  • The Human Voice (2020) - Link
  • In This Life by Bat-Sheva Guez, The Five Stages explored through dance
  • Inside Out (2015)
  • Janaan - YouTube video clip link
  • The Last House on the Left, 1970's
  • Lenny (1974)
  • Look Both Ways (2005)
  • Love and Honor (2013)
  • Maps to The Stars (2014)
  • Man Up? (2015)
  • Marriage Story (2019)
  • Narcosis (2022), (Netherlands) By De Jong
  • October (2022), (India)
  • Ordinary Love (2020)
  • Peaceful (2022)
  • The Penguins of Madagascar, 2014
  • The Rundown (2003)
  • Somebody's Mother - by Gabriela Tollman & Evelyne Tollman
  • Sound of Metal 2020 - by Darius Marder
  • Spontaneous (2020) - Katherine's character
  • Starfish, Aubrey (2019) - Goes through 7 Stages of Grief
  • The Starling, Kevin Kline (2021) - Discusses the Stages
  • Thor: Love & Thunder (2022) - Link
  • "An Unquiet Grave" (2020) - by Terence Krey and Christime Nyland
  • Vengeance (2022)
  • Wandavision (2023)
  • We Bought a Zoo (2011)
  • A White, White Day - Link
  • "Kübler-Ross" on Hollow Voices by Chuck Wilson
  • "Elisabeth Kubler-Ross" on Amateur Sketches of Famous and Important People by Dominic Moore
  • "Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Has Died" on II by the Gnomes
  • "Kübler-Ross Model" on Rotten Soup - Single by Unexpected Fidelity
  • "The Kübler-Ross Model" on Kaapin by Kaapin
  • "The Kübler-Ross Model" on Howling Songs by Matt Elliott
  • "Victims of Victimless Crimes" on So Low Remixes - Single by Kübler-Ross (A Swedish Band)
  • "Kübler-Ross" on Christian House of Girls by Elephant Rifle
  • "Kubler Ross" on Good Grief by Mic Lanny & James Rock
  • "Kübler Ross" on The Colour of Television by Rhutz
  • "Five Stages of Grief" on Shape of Things to Come by Perfect Pill
  • The 5 Stages of Grief" on The Burning by Nick Vasallo
  • "Dealing With It: Five Stages of Grief (Quintet)" on Realized by Henny Kupferstein
  • "The Five Stages of Grief" on Grey Sky Town by Erdpol
  • "The First of Many Dreams About Monsters" (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross actual voice used three times within song) by Spring Offensive
  • "The Five Stages of Grief: A Composition For Brass Ensemble" by Christopher R. Hango
  • "5 Stages" on Sunday by Ryan from Sunday
  • "5 Stages" on Grief by Crux
  • "5Stages" on OverManUnderGod by Relix the UnderGod
  • "Stages of Grief" by Kevin MacLeod on album, Asiring
  • "Stages of Grief" (Feat. Acumen Nation) by Cyanotic on album, Worst case Scenario, Vol. 1 &2
  • "The Stages of Grief" - by Phil Western, written shorty before his death.
  • "Stages of Grief" by Mark A. Wood on Stages of Grief - Single
  • "Stages of Grief" by Anna Kilmartin on album, Stages of Grief
  • "Stages of Grief" (Continuous Mix) by Fritof on album, 5 Stages of Grief
  • "Stages of Grief" by Fredrik Emilson on album, Blondie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • "Stages of Grief" by Storytelling on album, Imaginary Letters
  • "Stages of Grief" by Streamline on album, Full Circle
  • "Stages of Grief" by Harold Bernhardt on album, Telling Tales
  • "Stages of Grief" by Crim on album, Immortal Tales of an Innocent Criminal
  • "The Stages of Grief" by Awaken I Am - on EP, The Beauty of Tragedy
  • "Five Stages of Grief" by Darko on, Five Stages of Grief - Single
  • "Frozen Grief" by Sang Song, Second Movement entitled, "Five Stages of Grief", 2022 - Link
  • "5 Stages of Grief" by Tyra J. on, 5 Stages of Grief - Single
  • "The Throne" by Gillian Stone, A love song about the Stage of Acceptance, 2022
  • "The Five Stages of Grief, Parts 1-5" by Kames Harvey on, The Bald Face of Truth
  • "The Five Stages of Grief" featuring Delirium by T. O. Tourette on The Five Stages of Grief (featuring Delirium) - Single
  • "The Cycle of Grief" by Gnosis (Noud van der Bas) - Based on the 5 Stages (Netherlands, 2021)
  • "Stage V. Depression" by Time Lost on, VII Stages of Grief and Loss
  • "Stages" from the album, "Blood" by Steve Smyth - Link
  • Reneé Rapp - "In the Kitchen" follows the Five Stages of Grief, 2022 - Link

  • Umair Jaswal, Chal Raha Hoon, from Coke Studio 12, sings about stages of grief
  • Yunita's, "Tutur Batin" (Malaysia) explores the Five Stages of Grief - Link
  • Amber Mark, "3.33" - Explores the Five Stages, 2017 (Rap)
  • Kelly Clarkson, "Chemistry" - Clarkson says the songs represent many stages of her grief, 2023
  • Not The Same - SAUNDRIA, 2022 - Link
  • Still Come Through the Night by Alison Sudol, 2020 - Artist made album to express her stages of grief - Link
  • The Pain Trilogy by Lorma Shore, "Pain Remaims II: After All I've Done, I'll Disappear", 2022 - Focus on the Stages of Grief - Link 
  • Kübler Ross - EP (each song is named after a stage) by Centego
  • Beyond the Shores (On Death & Dying) by Shores of Null, 2020 - Link
  • Album, Five Stages of Grief by Leonard Hummer
  • EP Album, The Five Stages of Grief by Miss Myi
  • EP Album, The Five Stages of Grief by Sheevaa
  • EP Album, The Five Stages EP by Skittish
  • EP Album, The Five Stages of Grief by Himlens Solitudevej
  • EP Album, Stages of Grief by Frankie Orella
  • EP Album, Love Me With Me by Sahre Gure
  • EP Album, Mama, by Muzi, explores singer's mother's death via 5 stages - Link
  • EP Album, Post Traumatic Express (The Five Stages of Grief) by Doug de Jong
  • EP Album, Open Heart (The V Stages of Grief) by Booda
  • EP Album, Sweet Nothings, by Kisos, each track is one stage of the 5 stages - Link
  • EP Album, Good Grief By Hip-Hop artist, Willie Evans, Jr. 2024 - Link
  • Album, The Five Stages of Grief by Himlens Solitudevej
  • Album, II: La Bella Vita, by Niia
  • Album, VII Stages of Loss and Grief by Time Loss
  • Album, Wheel of Life by Sadao Watanabe
  • Album, Love & Fear by Marina Diamandis. Idea for record came from musicians admiration of EKR theories.
  • Album, Sta7ges by FRANKIE
  • Album, Sevens by Tom Taylor-Biggs, based on 7 stages of grief - Link
  • Album Project by Raye - explaining the 7 stages of Grief, 2020 - Link
  • Album, Heart Theory by Lindsay Ell, Songs explore stages of grief, 2020
  • Album, Gaslighter by the Chicks 2020 - Link
  • Album, In The Violet Hour, by Saint Clair, Explores the 5 Stages - Link
  • Album, Sweet Nothings, by Kisos, Explores the 5 Stages of Grief - Link
  • Album, Grief, by Hemiisphers, David Hodges & Whakaio Taahi with David Ryan Harris - Link
  • Album, A Quiet Ritual, by Snow Ghosts
  • Album, Silencia, by Hammock - Link
  • Album, Snapshot, by Juanita Stein, 2020 - Link
  • Album, sydney, by aldn, Based on the Seven Stages of Grief, 2022 - Link
  • Music Video, "The Aftermath" by Amara, shows learning by exploring the 5 Stages
Plays
  • 'Death Valley: A Love Story'
  • 'Endlings' by Cry Havoc Theater Company, 2020
  • 'Everything Will be Fine', Prism Movement Theater by director, Kwame David Lilly
  • 'The Five Stages of Grief'
  • 'The Five Stages of Isolation' by Michael Healey
  • 'The Lady From Dubuque'
  • 'Life After' - Goodman Theater, Chicago, 2022
  • 'Love, Loss, & Chianti' by Robert Bathurst, 2019
  • 'Meet Me at Dawn' by Zinnie Harris - Link
  • 'Memento Mori' by Julie Rada (Denver) - Link
  • 'My Grandmother's Eyepatch', New York City, 2020 - Link
  • 'The Night House', Sundance 2020
  • 'Night Mother', Rogue Theater Company Production
  • 'The Only Coffee Shop in the City' - Hudson Guild Theater, 2019 by Cassidy Potts
  • 'The Shadow Box' - By Michael Christofer, starring: Marlo Thomas & Mercedes Ruehl
  • 'Showquest' - New Zealand, 2022 - Link
  • 'Sorry for Your Loss' - New York, 2023 by Michael Cruz Kayne
  • 'Stages'
  • Time Since Impact by James Fritz - Soho Theater, 2022 - Link
  • Top Dog/Underdog, New York, 2022 - Link
  • Games (PlayStation & Xbox) - Paradise Lost - Journeys through 5 stages
  • Digital Art Program, at the Shed, NYC, Passing Notes, by Troy Anthony & Jerome Ellis, 2020
  • Painting - Stages of Grief #1 by Michelle Zhang, Gold metal award: National Scholastic Art & Writing Award, NYC, 2020
  • Comedy - "Dirty Girl Comedy", by Nikki Gour, May, 2020 - Show based on 5 Stages
  • Book - "Monogamy" by Sue Miller, 2020
  • Spoken Book - "The Grieving Project" by Lisa Sniderman, 2020 - (Grammy Nominated)
  • Music Video - "11 Minutes" by Halsey & Yungblud, 2019 - Link
  • Game - "GRIS" - Prologue, Desert, Forest, Water, The End, each correspond to one of the 5 stages - Link
  • Documentary - "Never Walk Alone", 2020
  • Animated Film - "if Anything Happens I Love You" by Will & Michael over, 2020
  • Game - "Still There", 2019 Link
  • Radio Play - "Rising", 2020
  • Comic Book Series - Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America, 2007 Link
  • Book - "Reeling" by Sarah Stonich, Link
  • Virtual reality musical play, "Reprogram Me"  performed by Brendan Bradley - Link
  • Darkest Dungeon 2, PC video game, 2023
  • The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo video game - Link
  • Book - "Invincible: Finding the Light Beyond the Darkness of Chronic Illness" - 2023

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