Grieving In Human Life

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INTRODUCTION TO THE FOCAL AREA “Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That 's the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what 's left, that 's the part you have to make up as you go.” ― Katharine Weber, The Music Lesson Most people, during the course of their lifetime, are likely to experience the pain that follows when a beloved person ceases to exist. Although people know that death is the most inevitable & natural occurrence of human life, most people do not know much about the normal, typical process of grieving until they experience it themselves. Bereavement is the reaction to the loss of someone or something that really matters both personally and emotionally. Grief is a natural, but complex emotional response to bereavement (Syme, 2006). As put forth by John Bowlby (1980), grieving is characterized as a four-stage process: Numbness; Yearning; Disorganization & Despair; and finally, Reorganization. However, research has suggested that most of the time, grieving does not follow this process in the same prescribed order. People may react differently to the loss of a loved one, and may thus, show different patterns of bereavement. Some clinicians believe that the capacity to mourn is not fully developed until at least adolescence (Wolfenstein, 1966). Thus, when a death happens in a family, children often need
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