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Pastoral Care Givers – Denial: Is it Dangerous?

Pastoral Care Givers – Denial: Is it Dangerous?

Pastoral Care Counselors and Dealing with Denial of Patients Elizabeth Kubler Ross identifies denial as the first response to grief.  She considers it to be a natural reaction to sudden and horrible news.  In her seminar on the dying, she hoped to share with pastoral care counselors, health care professionals and ministers the necessity of denial in the progress through grief. While not everyone follows the same pattern of grieving, pastoral care givers can be assured to witness many cases of denial.  The looming question, however, is when can denial become dangerous, if it ever even can be? Kubler Ross experienced one case of a woman who