Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Essay

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Death and Grieving
Imagine that the person you love most in the world dies. How would you cope with the loss? Death and grieving is an agonizing and inevitable part of life. No one is immune from death’s insidious and frigid grip. Individuals vary in their emotional reactions to loss. There is no right or wrong way to grieve (Huffman, 2012, p.183), it is a melancholy ordeal, but a necessary one (Johnson, 2007). In the following: the five stages of grief, the symptoms of grief, coping with grief, and unusual customs of mourning with particular emphasis on mourning at its most extravagant, during the Victorian era, will all be discussed in this essay (Smith, 2014). In 1969 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a psychiatrist, published the Pioneering
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The fifth and final stage of the grieving process is acceptance. At this concluding frame of mind, the individual comes to terms with the death, and starts to move on, a normal comment in this stage is “I am at peace with the death” (Johnson, 2007). It is vital to remember that the one does not have to go through every stage in order, or to go through every stage at all. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s model was never expected the five stages of grieving to be a stiff frame of reference, in her own words she say “They were never meant to help tuck messy emotions into neat packages. They are responses to loss that many people have, but there is not a typical response to loss, as there is no typical loss. Our grieving is as individual as our lives” (Smith, 2014).
There is never one, or a correct way to grieve, however, countless people go through similar symptoms of mourning. Mourning has two types of symptoms: psychological and physical. The following psychological symptoms include: shock, sadness, guilt, anger, and fear (Smith, 2014). After the loss of a loved one it is common to feel shocked, and numb about the ordeal, individuals may deny that the loss really happened (Smith, 2014). Another symptom is sadness, the person may feel isolated from the world, and anguish for being separated from their loved one.

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