The 7 stages of grief — a playlist.

Lucy Nieboer

With a spring time buzz in the air, something has shifted among my friends in relationships. Valentine's day is over and done with and all of a sudden, couples are splitting to singles faster than you can say, "let's take a break." Chalk it up to March madness, but pre-summer dumping season is in full swing. Being the supportive and caring friend that I am, I find a cheesy playlist the easiest way to soothe my pals' traumatic tears. Following the seven stages of grief provides the perfect outline for a timeless break-up playlist. 

1. Shock and denial — "That Should Be Me" by Justin Bieber. Reeling from the fresh wounds inflicted upon your heart, the Biebs knows what it means to be a lover scorned. 

2. Pain and guilt — "Here Without You" by 3 Doors Down. This is a stage in which you are allowed to wallow. Wallow. 

3. Anger and bargaining — "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera. Throw darts at a picture of your ex's face and burn all the presents they gave you to this song. 

4. Depression, reflection, loneliness — "Goodbye to You" by Michelle Branch. Letting go is hard, listening to this song and trying not to sob is harder. 

5. The upward turn — "Good Riddance" by Green Day. If anyone is going to help you see the bright side, it will be these three grungy stoner dudes. 

6. Reconstruction and working through — "There She Goes" by Sixpence None the Richer. This light, poppy cover of The La's late eighties hit, allows you to feel happy again. 

7. Acceptance and hope — "Best Thing I Never Had" by Beyonce. Queen B can find the good in goodbye and so can you.