Chapter 19 - Adjusting to the Death of a Parent Stages of...

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FCE 225 Chapter 19 The Quest for “Healthy Dying: Thanatology- the study of death and dying The right to die movement Physician-assisted suicide: many support this if people are terminally ill and in pain Trend: basing decisions less on legalistic interpretations regarding specific benefits on a case-by-case basis Euthanasia: Mercy killing Phases of Dying Agonal: Suffering the first moments body can no longer support life -Gasps and muscle spasms Clinical: Heart, breathing, brain stopped, but still can resuscitate Mortality: Permanent death Defining Death Brain death occurs when there is no activity in the brain Persistent vegetative states: periods of sleep/wake cycle and reflexes but no cognition or willful activity Grief, Bereavement and Mourning Grief: keen mental anguish and sorrow over the death of a loved one Bereavement: state in which a person has been deprived of a relative or friend by death Mourning: Socially established manner of displaying signs of sorrow over death
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Unformatted text preview: Adjusting to the Death of a Parent Stages of bereavement for healthy adults who have lost a parent: 1. Going back to the origins 2. Reevaluating phase 3. Assuming leadership Phases in the Bereavement Process 1. Shock, numbness, denial, disbelief, need to withdraw 2. Pining, yearning and depression 3. Emancipation from loved one and adjustment to new circumstances 4. Identity reconstruction Death of a Child Parents explore the search for meaning and a renewed sense of purpose Many parents direct anger at each other or withdraw from each other Many years of trying to integrate childs absence with their ongoing lives Loss by miscarriage: grief may not be recognized by others; support groups may help Loss by murder or violence:-Bereavement process can go on indefinitely-Some parents use coping strategies to honor their child...
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course FCE 225 taught by Professor Odom during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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