Three Dimensions Of Grief Analysis

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According to the Lecturer’s notes, Dr. Brennen defined grief as a multi-faceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something to which a bond was formed. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and philosophical dimensions. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement often refers to the state of loss, and grief to the reaction to loss.
According to Townsend (2008), “Grief is a subjective state of emotional, physical and social response to the loss of a valued entity.” (p.10). It is shown by someone who has had a sudden change in life such as a divorce or permanent separation of a spouse or someone that has lost someone or something they cherished deeply (Townsend, 2008). When an individual experiences grief their whole persona shifts and sometimes, they become unaware of what to do, literally. With this shift, good habits become bad ones,
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When an individual has loss someone or something, the response may result in crying, anger, denial, laughter, weight loss and weight gain, isolation and even a grief lump (Townsend, 2008). These are examples of dimensions of grief. These reactions occur because of the bond that was created between them. This bond consists of three entities: connection, relationship and attachment. This plays a vital role because no one will ever have these three entities with the same person. Persons seem to feel they understand this and constantly use the expressions “I know how you feel” or “everything is going to be okay”. NO! You will never know how I feel or that everything will be okay because you didn’t lose the same person I did, you didn’t have the same attachment as I did and you sure didn’t have the same relationship as I did with them. So as a smart individual just be polite and say “I will keep you in my prayers” and not lie about it (Townsend,

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