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STAGES OF GRIEF

"On Death and Dying,": Loss in life may be the most natural and painful thing we must to go through as humans. Here are the five stages of grief by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.


The stages of grief, as outlined by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her book "On Death and Dying," describe the emotional and psychological process individuals often go through when coping with significant loss in life. While these stages are not necessarily linear or universally experienced, they provide a framework for understanding the complexities of grief:


  1. Denial: The initial stage involves disbelief and shock in response to the loss. Individuals may struggle to accept. The may feel shocked or numb, unable to fully grasp what has happened.

  2. Anger: As the reality of the loss sets in, individuals may experience intense feelings of anger and resentment. This anger may be directed towards oneself, others, or even the person who has passed away. It is a natural response to the perceived injustice and unfairness of the loss.

  3. Bargaining: In this stage, individuals may attempt to negotiate with a higher power or seek ways to reverse or mitigate the loss. They may make promises or engage in magical thinking in a desperate attempt to regain what has been lost.

  4. Depression: As the full impact of the loss becomes apparent, individuals may experience profound sadness, loneliness, and despair. They may withdraw from others, struggle to find meaning or purpose in life, and may feel overwhelmed by feelings of emptiness and hopelessness.

  5. Acceptance: The final stage involves coming to terms with the reality of the loss and integrating it into one's sense of self and identity. While the pain of the loss may never fully disappear, individuals in this stage find a sense of peace and resolution, allowing them to move forward with their lives.


It's important to note that not everyone will experience all of these stages, and the process of grieving is highly individualized. Some people may move through the stages quickly, while others may linger in one stage or cycle through them multiple times and for years. Additionally, not all losses will trigger these stages in the same way or to the same extent. The stages of grief provide a framework for understanding the emotional journey of loss, but they do not prescribe a one-size-fits-all experience.


Moreover, recent research and clinical experience have highlighted the variability and complexity of grief experiences, leading to a more nuanced understanding of grief beyond Kübler-Ross's original framework. Contemporary perspectives on grief emphasize that it is a multifaceted and dynamic process that can unfold in diverse ways for different individuals and across different cultural contexts.


BY: HANNAH ANDERSSON

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