Due to the physical, mental, and emotional uncertainties preparing for death and dying can be terrifying. These uncertainties can cause the mind and body to endure mixed emotions when grieving. There are different stags of grieving and not all people grieve the same way. Understanding the different reactions and stages of grieving, ways to cope and the resources available can make the hardships associated with grieving a little easier. Stages of Grieving
Trying to help people during the grieving process involves the understanding that not every person deals with grief the same way. How long and how difficult the grieving period is can depend on the personal relationship with the person who dies, the circumstances of the death, and the situation of the survivors (Hospice, 2008). The different stages of grieving can include avoidance (denial and shock), confrontation (pain, guilt, anger, and depression), and restoration (acceptance, reconstruction, and hope) (Berk, 2010). Whether a person learns that they are going to die or a death comes sudden it is likely that denial and shock will set in. A person may feel numb while denying the reality of death to avoid the pain and suffering one will feel. Shock provides emotional protection and can last for weeks. It is when the numbness begins to wear off that people experience the pain and guilt of losing a loved one. Confronting death and the pain of losing a loved one can seem unbearable. Survivors may feel hopeless, asking themselves if they had done enough or should have done more. This can lead to anger and bargaining. It is important to understand that being angry after a death is normal. Anger can be directed towards the deceased for leaving a survivor feeling alone and hopeless, or at the doctors when a survivor feels the doctor could have done more. Some people may feel angry with God for allowing so much pain or with themselves for not having the ability to save the dying. When a person learns that a loved one...
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