Running head: HEALTHY GRIEF
Grand Canyon University
Spirituality in Health Care
October 06, 2012
Grief can be defined as the internal and external reaction of a person to the perception of loss and it is a normal response (Smith & Segal, n.d). In life all human beings deal with grief at some point or another. The causes of grief could be the loss of a loved one, the diagnosis of a terminal illness, the illness or disability caused by an accident, divorce, miscarriage or even a natural disaster (Smith & Segal, n.d). The depth and duration of the grieving process depends upon the personality of the person, the coping ability, the experiences of life, and the nature of the loss (Smith &Segal, n.d) Elisabeth Kubler Ross the Psychiatrist, in 1969 introduced the different stages of grief based on the studies she did on the emotions of the patients facing terminal illness and death of the loved ones (JAOA, n.d). These stages of grief are known as the “five stages of grief “that is Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance (JAOA, n.d). These stages were described as the “coping mechanisms” used by the people to face extreme different situation. Denial is the first stage of grieving process which helps the people to overcome the loss. In this stage people will be in a state of shock and denial and the world becomes overwhelming and meaningless to them. The state of shock and denial would enable people to pace their grieving feelings (The five stages of Grief, n.d). In the second stage of grieving process, the grieving person may burst out with anger at doctors, nurses, relatives and even to the God for the loss. Bargaining is the next stage, in which the grieving person bargains their life to prolong or post pond the death of the loved ones for e.g. the person will become more religious, will give up bad habits, and also may dedicate rest of the life to help others. Next...
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