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A grieving process illustrated?
  1. Rory Hutchinson
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rory Hutchinson, Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK; roryhutchinson{at}


The sudden death of Pablo Picasso's closest friend Carlos Casagemas in 1901 came as a great shock to the young Picasso. From a young age, Picasso had ruminated on life and death; however, this was his first experience of bereavement. Following the death of Casagemas, Picasso's paintings can be seen as a diary of his grieving process and clearly illustrate the five stages of the grieving process as outlined by Kubler-Ross in ‘On Death and Dying’ (1969).

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