Grief Counseling Perspectives and Grief Counseling Certifications
We have learned that no one single philosophy on grief is conclusive in understanding the process of grieving. Grief counseling as a science is continually evolving to new ideas that adapt or reshape older ones.
Claire Smith of Slate questions some of the older paradigms in her article “The Five Stages of Grief Should Be Changed”. She feels anxiety is an important emotion that should be studied and considered by grief counselors.
When Elisabeth Kübler-Ross debuted the five stages of grief in her book On Death and Dying, published in 1969, they were intended for people facing their own deaths. Kübler-Ross later went on to apply these same five stages to the bereaved, to people who had lost a loved one, but upon closer inspection, I’m not sure they work as well. Losing a loved one is not the same as losing your life. Grief thrusts us into an uncertain world where anxiety often reigns supreme. Yet anxiety is the very element missing from Kübler-Ross’ stages.
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