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Shaina Hudgel PY 140 Exam 4 Essays Question 1: An older gentleman comes to see you because his wife has just died. He talks about her frequently and often cries. He says it seems surreal and sometimes he forgets she has passed. As time goes on, he mainly comes to sessions with you to talk about the good memories he has of his wife. Recently, he has connected with a senior center where he goes to exercise and play card games with friends. Discuss how you would assess his adjustment to this life cycle transition and what you might do next. There are five stages of grief: (1) denial, (2) anger, (3) bargaining, (4) depression, and (5) acceptance. This older gentleman already went through the denial stage when he believed his wife’s death was surreal and forgetting about her passing. I have to assume from the description we are given that he also went through the anger, bargaining and depression stages. Now, I would say that this gentleman is in the acceptance stage. He has joined a senior center to be around others his age that have probably gone through similar situations before. He is taking care of himself by exercising and probably eating right. He has made new friends and even probably reconnected with old friends at the senior center where he plays different card games while being social. I believe from all this, that he is adjusting really well to this life cycle transition. While this gentleman does continue to come to talk about his wife, this is a good thing. Continuing to remember and talk about all the good memories he has of his late wife, keeps her memory fresh in his mind and his heart. This is his way of keeping her with him as he continues to move forward with his life, which is exactly what we want him to do, move forward and continue living his life. Next, I would probably start encouraging him to go further outside of his comfort zone. While it’s great that he is going to the senior center and connecting with new and old friends, maybe he could go out and try new things beyond that. As long as his health remains
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