You’ve probably heard of the concept of five stages of grief, which was a concept developed by noted psychiatrist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.
Stage one, of course, is denial. I am still in complete, total, and utter denial about Wednesday’s news and the idea that Guiding Light is no more.
I found out via an email on my iPhone on Wednesday afternoon as I was waiting to meet my partner for coffee, and I’ve been in shock since. I’ve slept about three hours since I first heard the news.
My mind has been racing: What does this mean for other shows? Could the show survive on a new network – or in a new format? What will happen to all of the people who work there?
I took a quick trip out of town yesterday. I figured I’d get away from it all, at least for a day. But everywhere I went, the news followed. Every time I saw a USAToday news box, Kim Zimmer’s face peered out from it.
I went into the bank, and whatever cable news service was playing on the flat-screens were talking about it. I tuned into the local radio station, and even they were talking about Guiding Light! So much for avoidance and denial.
This is enormous news. Several writers (including David Hinckley and the always-eloquent Sara Bibel) have posted wonderful essays about this news, but I am still processing it, so I’ve been quiet up to this point.
I have a lot to say, and a lot to share, over the next few days. Stay tuned.