5 Stages of Loss and Grief When Splitting the Bill

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We’ve all been there. You’re out enjoying a nice dinner with friends or family, and then the bill come and things take a turn for the worst. Judgment has been clouded by alcohol and food and no one has prepared for this inevitability. Now that the meal is over everyone just wants to leave.

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For 2 or 3 people splitting the bill is stupid simple. But when you’re with a large group of (for not much longer) your friends, this won’t end well. Let’s take a look at the five stages of loss and grief when splitting the bill.

Denial

Denial stage
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The first reaction to learning of the price of a cherished dinner is to deny it. This is a defense mechanism that protects us from the initial shock that comes with the news – especially if the lush who had three times as many drinks as anyone else suggest the bill should be split evenly.

Anger

Anger Stage
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As denial begins to wear away and you can see the waitress hovering over your group, waiting for payment, the pain of reality emerges – and we are not ready for it. The intensity of this sadness immediately turns into anger. It is best to keep from directing it at your fellow diners.

Bargaining

Bargaining Stage
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After anger fades away, we realize how helpless we are in a sea of people who forgot what they ate, or were not aware that dinner isn’t free, or the couple who ordered the 7-course tasting menu. This vulnerability causes us to attempt to gain control by making a deal with God…or you know, just the people you’re out with.

Depression

Depression Stage
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Sadness and regret couple with quiet preparation to separate with our hard-earned money even though we did not partake in the appetizer. We might need a hug.

Acceptance

Acceptance Stage
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We are calm and withdrawn. We have powered through the depression of paying $42 even though we only had $22 worth of food and felt the service was sub-par at best. Now we have reached peace and acceptance. We have reached our zenith. We have achieved Nirvana. Next time we will just try to skip the four useless stages before it.

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