The Process of Grieving a Loss Essay

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The process for grieving a loss is a difficult one, suppose that you do not have any close relationships with anyone, do you still feel the impact of the loss? For many people with learning disabilities the only form of attachment they have is with a primary caregiver, this finding may be present due to the inability to communicate or the stigma with cognitive disability. The importance of studying the impact of death on these individuals is to better understand how to comfort and aid with their coping mechanisms. With the increased occurrence of learning disabilities such as Autism and Asperger’s, understanding the influence that death has on these individuals is important due to the increased population and their dependence on aging …show more content…
Gomberoff and Gomberoff (2000) wanted to use the case study approach in order to compare the two participants who were similar in age. Gomberoff and Gomberoff (2000) found that each child studied expressed their grief differently. “Bernice” whose symptoms were more severe than “Aurelia’s”, experienced increased anger, pain and impotence in response to her mother’s pregnancy. Bernice’s perceived loss of her mother was communicated through her drawings, which reflected her mental state in the way she drew. In comparison Aurelia showed her grief implicitly through her actions, primarily the presence of her toy bear. Although Aurelia brought the bear to the study she did play with it, she placed it in the box throughout the entire analysis session. The grief of Bernice in particular provides evidence that children with autism feel the loss of a loved even if it is a perceived loss. By comparing two distinct cases, where the form of autism contrasts each other, provides continuity to the results of the study. The primary problem with this study is that Gomberoff and Gomberoff (2000) are speculative since neither child physically communicated their mental state, the conclusions made could be attributed to a number of feelings being experienced by the child.
Gomberoff and Gomberoff (2000) have provided evidence that an autistic child’s connection with their mother is

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