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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 child’s 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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- Fall '08
- muscle spasms, persistent vegetative states, een mental anguish, Socially established manner, parents direct anger