and Five Stages of Transition

A very useful tool in preparation for our departure has been the book Third Culture Kids.  In Chapter 4, the author writes about the following five stages of transition: Involvement, Leaving, Transition, Entering and Re-involvement.  I will summarize each stage:

Involvement:  comfort, belonging, familiar, settled.  Our status is clear and we know our place.  We know and follow the social rules, customs and traditions.

Leaving:  ending, detaching, pain, backing away, confusion, denial. Our time is coming to an end and we begin to detach from responsibilities and relationships.   Continue reading