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The 20 Stages Of Finding Out That ‘Parks And Recreation’ Is Ending

In the months before the show returns for its seventh and final season, expect to experience some complicated feelings.

By Kat Rosenfield

If you felt a great disturbance in the force this weekend — as though millions of voices cried out in terror, and then were suddenly silenced by the frantic en masse consumption of mac and cheese pizza — then you were probably sensing the agony of the “Parks and Recreation” fandom, who learned on May 11 that the show’s seventh season would also be its last.

The only good thing about this news: it’s coming nice and early, giving us all several months to go through the lengthy process of saying goodbye to the public officials of Pawnee, Indiana. How? One stage at a time.

Stage 1: Denial.

Stage 2: Pouting.

Stage 3: The body attempts to reject the news.

Stage 4: Nausea.

Stage 5: Verbalizing.

Stage 6: Veiled threats.

Stage 7: Not-so-veiled threats.

Stage 8: Revenge fantasies.

Stage 9: Panic.

Stage 10: Despair.

Stage 11: Despondence.

Stage 12: Emotional eating.

Stage 13: Resentment.

Stage 14: Vain attempts to imagine life after “Parks and Recreation.”

Stage 15: Seeking comfort.

Stage 16: Drinking.

Stage 17: Crying.

Stage 18: Not crying.

Stage 19: Acceptance.

Stage 20: Death.