Watching something die is never pretty. No matter if it is quick or over time, coping with the experience of loss is painful for all of those involved. The death of a pet, a grandparent, or even a child are all staggeringly overwhelming to grasp in the moment. People turn to different ways of coping with loss, from ignoring the situation to anger, escapism, or even depression. What we are currently living through in America is not the death of an individual, but the death of our entire way of life. And because the scale of loss is higher, our ability to comprehend this death of an entire civilization is far lesser than the ability to grasp the loss of a friend or family member.
People go through the various stages of grief. The model created by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross & David Kessler is best known as the Five Stages. The stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Looking at the blue-collar and rural areas of America, each of us is in one of those stages.