Understanding Loss and Grief Assessment Emma Rowsell
Supporting Individuals experiencing loss and grief
Range of losses which triggers grief
Grief is a normal response to loss, this is the emotional roller coaster of feeling one gets when something or someone that an individual loves has been taken away for them. This can also be due to a loss the individual may have as well. The word grief to most people is associated with a death of a family member, partner or child, but this is not always the case. Grieving can be a connection with a wide range of different losses throughout that people’s life. These can be unemployment: losing a job you have had for years, ill health: losing the mobility to parts of your body or even the loss of your hair if you have cancer can cause grieving, the end of a relationship as well, meaning divorce with someone you were married to doer several years and had many memories with. Even little things we may associate in our day to day life might be a bigger grieving process for others just such as the loss of a purse when out shopping, a family pet you have had for years, the change of environment or having to move house. Women having their menopause stage will feel a big loss as the feeling of old age has kicked in and can become depressed through this. Loss can be categorised to be physical or abstract meaning physical to be something the individual can measure or touch for example this is losing a partner or family member, whereas abstract the loss here are in the individuals social interactions for example freedom, not being able to go or do anything like go outside on their own. It just shows that the many ways we lose something can trigger grief within us.
Two models of grief
One model of grief would be depression. Depression is a stage of grief after losing someone or something close to you. Elizabeth Kulber Ross says that in the stage of depression; these being relative or preparatory. In these stages you...
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