Essay on Healthy Grief

1020 Words Aug 8th, 2012 5 Pages
Healthy Grief Have people only been able to progress through the stages of grief since 1969 when Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross put a name to the model of processing grief or have people been doing it since the beginning of time? As this paper progresses I will introduce you to a Bible story of a man who was made to suffer incredible losses in his life and how he progressed through what we know today as The 5 Stages of Grief.
Job, a faithful follower of God suffered the loss of his wealth to marauding bandits. In addition he suffered catastrophic demise of prosperity his seven sons and three daughters when the house in which they were feasting was made to collapse killing all of Job’s children. Job 4:18-20.The losses occurred all at once on
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Instead he makes a point by praising the Lord’s name. (Job, 3:1-26) Instead Job directs anger inwards toward himself and curses the day in which he was born, “May the day of my birth perish, and the night it was said, ‘A boy is born!’ (Job 3:3).
According to Dr. Kubler-Ross’ model stage 3, is the bargaining stage. Job does not enter into this stage despite the plea of his wife to “curse God and die!” Job 2:9 he merely just replies “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?” (Job 2:10). Job does not bargain with God, in fact when God speaks to him out of the whirlwind in Job 38 and 39, Job replies in Job 40:4-5, “Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to Thee? I lay my hand on my mouth.” “Once I have spoken and I will not answer; Even twice and I will add no more.”
Stage 4 of Dr. Kubler-Ross’ grief model is depression, the willing act of withdrawing from ones actions in life. Job 2:11 describes Job’s with drawl and his own form of depression that finds him sitting on the ground for seven days and nights. Even the company of his friends was not enough to entice him to acknowledge them or interact with them as he once had. For seven days Job and his friends kept silent.
Stage 5 is the final stage within the grief model. For healthy grieving to occur a person needs to come to some form of acceptance of the situation, circumstances or diagnosis. Each person attains this stage at a different time frame. Some never attain

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