Healthy Grief

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Healthy Grief
Grand Canyon University

`Job was a faithful follow of God who experienced tragedy as a result of Satan’s test of God. As a result of this test, Job moves through the stages of grief to complete his healing process. Kübler-Ross study of an individual’s grief led her to define and divide grief into five stages; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. This paper will examine the similarities joy and grief share. Lastly, how the author handles grief in their life. Stage 1 of Kübler-Ross grieving process

The wealth of livestock Job possessed was stolen and Job’s four sons and 3 daughters were killed by a strong wind that destroyed the house they were dining in (Job 1:14-19). Following the tradegy of loss of family and wealth, Satan further tested him by covering his body from head to toe with sore boils (Job 2: 7). According to Dr. Kübler-Ross’ five stages of grief the first stage Job would have entered was denial. Job didn’t enter denial but kept his faith in God despite his losses and his wife’s statement “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God and die” (Job 2:9). Stage 2 of Kübler-Ross grieving process

The anger mechanism described by Kübler-Ross describes that a person movement towards anger gives the individual something to grab hold of amidst nothingness and focus their feelings in a time of grief. Following each of Job’s early afflictions rather than become angry at God, his anger is turned towards himself cursing the day he was born, questioning why he could not have died at birth, or never have been conceived (Job 3:3-11). Stage 3 of Kübler-Ross grieving process

This stage is defined by the individual bargaining attempting to escape the pain they are experiencing. Job never moves to the bargaining stage. His friends come to him to console him and question his contrary actions and judgment. Job repeatedly replies to them that God is just and wise and had given him everything (Job 9:4-14). Even to...
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