Accepting Death and Dying
In your life, you will face situations that cause you grief. One of the toughest of those situations is the death of a loved one. The grief following the loss can be depressing and may feel unbearable at times, but it is important to remember that grief is a healing process. Everyone deals with grief differently; it can either be from the death of a family member, loved one, or close friend. Dying is usually perceived as a form of defeat and not as something inevitable by most people. So we try our best to fight it despite the fact that more often than not, we are fighting a losing battle. There are five stages of dying; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. While dying is the ultimate loss experience, accepting the fact that it can actually occur in your life or the life of someone else can truly affect a person. Accepting death isn’t easy for anyone to deal with. Dying is the final stage of growth in the life cycle. Within these past few years I’ve lost a family member, loved one, and also a friend. Death can happen when we all least expect it. A few years back I lost my grandmother due to lung cancer. Lung cancer is a disease characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. If left untreated, this growth can spread beyond the lung in a process called metastasis into nearby tissue and, eventually into other parts of the body. The most common symptoms are coughing, including coughing up blood, weight loss and shortness of breath. My grandmother never showed any of these symptoms, she was very well at keeping things a secret. At one point in time I lived with my grandmother. Although she never talked to me about her illness, I constantly gave her lectures about smoking cigarettes. Before my grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer, she had gotten into a really bad car accident that caused her to wear a permanent harness. After the accident, so much stress...