If you want to create a lifecycle-esque page but do not need the Contact and Related Policies, etc. boxes at bottom, you can begin your lifecycle without using the Lifecycle template page as the first page. This has the advantage of allowing you to make the first page of the "lifecycle" the first step instead of having to create the intro text. This is the same method you would use to create a basic page with a left nav button section that connects the page to other pages and to your department main page.
You can also change each page's URL, tab title, and page title separately in the edit template.