Circumstances surrounding the unexpected death of a loved one often add to the traumatic impact upon the bereaved and those left in deaths wake. Grief is a universal human experience. Most people will be confronted with the death of a loved one at some point in their lives. The grief response is unique from person to person (Cutcliffe, 1998). Despite the abundance of research studies that exist pertaining to grief, there is still little understanding of how grief is exhibited in the human experience and how healthcare professionals can best care for those who grieve (Reed, 2003).
Grief is a complicated literature to describe as it is a powerful and personal human response, typically after losing a loved one. Grief is universal, every individual copes with grief in their own ways. The problem of this literature is that it has not been studied in depth and this complicated topic can become difficult to analyze due to misinterpretation of feelings and emotions, which is clearly foreseeable in the articles reported. Grief is a natural human reaction, however the outcome grief has on an individual is powerful and often dangerous to one’s own life. PubMed Health describes grief reactions into three terms; anticipatory grief, common grief, and complicated/prolonged grief. The outcomes of grief, in particular complicated grief,
Grief and Loss Grief has a powerful effect on everyone’s lives. The heartbreaking feeling of losing someone close to you, like a family member or a significant other, alters how we view ourselves and act. Sometimes coping methods cause people to do things and make choices that they usually would not. This is illustrated in the films, The United States of Leland and The Fundamentals of Caring, where grief and loss are very prominent themes.
Dealing with the death of a loved one can be an emotionally difficult experience, but by effectively dealing with the grief, I was able to successfully recover and move on. Two years ago, my family and I got the horrendous news that my aunt, who raised my mom, had passed away after a long journey of lung failure. It was truly a tough burden for all of us to endure. To begin with, I mourned over the loss for such a long stretch of time. I would frequently be recollecting all of the memories and unforgettable times that we had together. Crying was another phase of the mourning process for me, and because of this I went through a very sad period in my life. Secondly, I harbored a great deal of anger towards the situation as a whole, even though
But he needed to say it, and she needed to hear him say it.” (p. 289). The loss that people experience will forever be a part of their lives. Just because they have accepted the fact that their loved one is no longer with them does not mean that they no longer feel the pain of the loss. Acceptance of the loss of a loved one simply means that those who are affected by this loss are ready to try to move on, to try to carry on life without the person that they have lost.
Even though no one is talking about the effects of grieving and most people are not even aware that they are going through the grieving process and why they are experiencing behavioural changes shows that most of the people don’t have much knowledge about the different types of grief. It is very important for people to know about the importance of grieving and the aftereffects of losing someone. Even though, there are chances that we might not go through the prolonged or disenfranchised grief, we might know someone who might be possibly going through some changes in their life and we can educate and help them while they 're going through those hard times. If this topic gets ignored then many people would be living in depression thinking it
Critical Analysis “Grief is life the ocean, it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn how to swim.” - Vicki Harrison. When it comes to losing a family member or friend, people tend to cope with it in many different ways.
The article “Getting Grief Right”, from the New York Times, gives insight of a therapy session conducted by Patrick O’Malley who is a psychotherapist in Fort Worth. Dr. O’Malley believes that the 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, are significant to overcoming sorrow. He feels that it is more beneficial to focus on the story of our loved ones instead of our grief. Instead of burying this tragic event, we should treasure and preserve it. We should cherish the moments we shared with them and let that be our memory of them.
It sounds so cliché to say that you do not understand the grieving process until you have to deal with it, but it is true. There are an abundance of stigmas surrounding grief, just like there is with death. Didion acknowledges these stigmas and how she did not cope in a typical manner (Didion, 2005). This is a real-life example of how the distorted
Introduction Grief is defined as the neuropsychobiological response to any kind of significant loss, with elements both typical and unique to each individual or situation. The response is mostly associated with degrees of suffering, at times intense or even unbearable, and of widely variable duration. Grief is an individual or a larger group of individuals’ event where they are thrown out of equilibrium through changes brought on by loss. Mourning is the shared expression of a grief experience, where trying to attain a new equilibrium following any manner of loss or deficit, which include decreased function or role, loss of assumed health, and diminished dreams of the future. Grief and mourning together constitute the grief process, representing movement from life through death and back into life again.
LOSS, GRIEF AND HEALING As human beings, we suffer losses of many kinds and sizes in our life time. While some of these losses are small and do not hurt much, some are big and hurt deeply. Those that are accompanied by pains that are difficult to bear include the loss of a loved one through death or divorce, cheating or unfaithfulness in a trusted relationship or loss of good health when a diagnosis of a terminal illness is made. In all these instances of loss, pain and grief are experienced and an emotional wound is created which needs healing.
A Challenging Life Transition No matter how prepared an individual may be or expecting of a death, to lose a family member to death can be a traumatic experience. The grief process is a difficult process. However most understand that death is a natural and expected life event (McBride, and Simms, 2001). With that said it usually does not make the death of family member any easier to absorb emotionally. Although I have familiarly and awareness because of the deaths of my Father and Sister, it does not mean that I am comfortable with death, or have all the right words to say to comfort a person in the grieving process.
Grieving is a common and unhappy process that many people go through in their lifetime. Through the grieving process, people often come to conclusions about their life. In Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Vera loses her best friend Charlie and tries to stray away from her parent’s examples, only to find out that she will have to come to terms with the loss of her best friend. In We Were Liars, Cadence gets sick in a tragic accident that causes her to wonder about her family and find out the truth. In both, Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, we learn that when people grieve it causes more loss and unlawful actions.
“Grief is an element. It has its own cycle like the carbon cycle, the nitrogen. It never diminishes not ever. It passes in and out of everything” (Heller 115). Throughout tragedy primal values come to the surface of even the most civilized people.
In his book, Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, Dr. William Worden outlines four tasks of mourning that one must accomplish in order to “adapt to the loss” (Worden, 39); “to accept the reality of the loss… to process the pain of grief…to adjust to a world without the deceased... [and] to find an enduring connection with the deceased in the midst of embarking on a new life” (Worden, 39-50). When children are exposed to death at a young age, it is difficult for them to grasp a mature understanding of death and they often lack the ability to express and verbally process their emotions (Thomas-Adams, 12). Bibliotherapy is the practice of using literature for the therapeutic treatment of mental or psychological disorders. Bibliotherapy can be