There are supposedly five stages of grief associated with significant change. Elizabeth-Kubler Ross identified them as Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
Without commenting on the politics involved it seemed to me that people in Durham – and elsewhere – celebrating Lady Thatcher’s demise were acting out their anger. They were nowhere near accepting that changes had affected local, national and international communities.
Lady Thatcher’s biographer, Charles Moore, singled out the BBC as a broadcast outlet which ‘behaved badly’ in stirring up non-issues about Thatcher dissenters. In his grief he may have experienced some denial, as Sky News coverage of anti-Thatcher sentiments seemed to be just as extensive.
US film critic Roger Ebert’s inspiring achievements (both before his 2006 life-changing health crisis and subsequently) are also food for thought regarding the five stages model. The BBC’s Ouch blog posting below contains details.