Life and Death

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What is this Book trying to teach us concerning the topic?

This book is trying to teach us, the readers, that there are five main stages that help us cope with a death of someone close or somebody that is going to die.
The first stage that is mentioned in the book is Denial. Ross tells of how a person just does not want to be with anyone but himself or herself because they don't know why God is choosing them to die at that present time.

The second stage Ms. Ross talks about is Denial. This stage is where the dieing patient just won't admit to themselves or others that it is their time to go and meet their fate.
The third stage is Anger. This is when the dieing patient just hates everyone around them and doesn't want to be bothered about the topic of their death. They just want to be alone with no outside contact. The fourth stage is Bargaining. Ms. Ross states that the dieing patient asks God as well telling their family and friends that he or she wants to spend just a little more time on Earth.

The last and final stage that Ms. Ross talks about is Acceptance. This stage tops off the whole process of dieing because once you reach this stage, you know that you did all you can do on Earth and you have told your family and friends everything you wanted to tell them before you die.

With these five stages, I learned that you can fully complete the process of death because they can help to live a happy, richer, and fuller life.

What were the most powerful feelings you had in reading this book, and how did the book affect you personally?

The most powerful feelings that I read in the book appealed to me in a very important way because they showed me how to cope with the death of a family member. One feeling was that I had was in the Special Forms of Communication chapter. This chapter talked about how to cope with a dieing person who was no longer able to communicate verbally. This is a very powerful message to me because my grandfather who...
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