Grief And Bereavement Assignment

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Running head: GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENTGRIEF AND BEREAVEMENTName of the student:Name of the university:Author note:
1GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENTGrief can be defined as the normal process of an individual in reacting to loss. Oftendifferent people cope with loss of their loved ones in different ways and therefore researchersstate that there is no particular process of coping with death. The way how an individual grievesdepend entirely on the individual’s cultural as well as religious background, mental history,support systems, coping skills as well as his or her social as well as financial status (Parkes &Prigerson, 2013). Grief responses may develop as a result of both physical losses like in the lossdue to death of a near and dear one or may be due to symbolic as well as social losses such as inthe case of divorce, loss of job and many others. Each of the loss signifies that some valuablepart of their life is taken away from them. This can be discussed with the help of an example. Afamily which has someone suffering from cancer may experience loss which in turn triggers thegrief reactions. Grief can be experienced by individuals in different forms like that of mentalreaction or physical reaction (Hagman, 2016). It also involves physical, social as well asemotional reaction. Mental reactions occurring as a result of grief mainly results of differentsymptoms include sadness, despair, guilt as well as anxiety and anger. On the other hand,physical reactions mainly depend on the alterations in the patterns of sleep, illness of differenttypes, physical problems and also changes in appetite. Social reactions resulting fromdevelopment of grief in an individual mainly results in developing of feelings which includesocial exclusion, feeling of loneliness amongst friends and family members, loss of will to workand go to jobs, schools and others.Bereavement may be defined as the period after the loss during which the individualsexperiences grief and the different symptoms of ill effects occur in physical, mental as well associal lives (Madrell, 2016). The time spent in the period of the bereavement depends entirely onthe intensity of the attachment that the individual had with the person who died along with the
2GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENTfact that how much time was spent by him to anticipate the loss. Mourning may be defined as theprocess which people mainly undertake to adapt to the loss. Researchers have suggested thatmourning is mainly influenced by the cultural customs as well as rituals and society rules whichmodify the coping mechanism of losses (Sidaway, 2016).An interesting discussion can be set in the scenario which would help to know the variousfaces of the grief and how different experiences can be gathered by an individual along with thefeeling of grief. All types of grief are not alike and they may provide different types of reactions.When an individual loses a very near and dear person in his life, a deep pain will develop. Hewould be hurt extensively as this type of loss reflects the immense role played by the demisedperson in the latter’s life and creation of the huge hole left by the demised person’s absence.Another type of pain upon death may develop due to a loss of loved person which will mainly bethe pain of an opportunity which is now lost forever (Milman, Neimayer & Gillies, 2015). Theindividuals may feel at loss due to the unspoken words as well as the promised undone deeds forthe lost person. This loss of opportunity results in a different type of grief in the individual.Many researchers also state that pain is not always the predominant emotion in grief. It has beennoted in many cases, that when a near and dear one dies after a long period of suffering, it alsomay result in grief within the individual but he or she may also be thankful that ultimately thesuffering of the patient has ended and he is no more at pain (Hall, 2014). Many researchers statethat loss might not always be associated with intense grief and the personality of the individualmay become one important factor to control the development of grief. Many take in the fact thatdeath may come at the right time and therefore tears may be inappropriate response to death.When the individual feels that the deceased individual had lived life completely, fully andhonestly, grief may be associated with a brink of smile (Spuij, Dekovic & Boolean, 2015).
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