Death and Dying
Death is a part of life. This is one commonality we all share. Death does not choose a race, religion, gender, or age.Ironically, the one event we all share is the one event many people do not talk about. This taboo topic leaves us with the thoughts “What do I say?,” “What do I do?,” “How am I supposed to act?” when we are faced with death. These are all very valid thoughts and are shared amongst many.
Ironically something that is curious, or surprising.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross defined the stages of bereavement or grief. Each phase has its own unique feelings and no two people experience grief the same way. Each person will experience some, or all, of the stages and each person will take a different amount of time to reach the acceptance stage. Some people will never reach the acceptance stage, as the grief is just too much for them to handle. The stages can be experienced by the person who is dying and/or by their loved ones. On a side note, the stages of grief can be experienced anytime we feel grief (a death of a loved one, a loss of a relationship, etc.)
“I will get another opinion as there is no way Grammy has only 30 days to live.”
“It’s not fair. Why me?”
“Please, God, if you let me live until Thanksgiving, I promise I will eat healthy and sleep regularly.”
"I am going to miss you so much. I will be so sad without you.”
“I know death is a part of life. I am at peace with this realization.”