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Bereavement Counseling Certification Article on Grief Theory

Good article on the grief work one goes through in grieving.  Many times it is a difficult path to travel and it can take a very long time to overcome

Working one through grief is not easy.  Please also review our bereavement counseling certification

Working one through grief is not easy. Please also review our bereavement counseling certification

Please also review our Bereavement Counseling Certification

The article, Screaming Through The Stages Of Grief, by Marybeth Cichcoki states

“I remember being a Nursing student and studying the 5 stages of grief. The book On Death & Dying, written by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross became every nurses’ bible. I studied each stage trying to understand the power of grief over our hearts and souls. During my Nursing career, I became a witness to the grief experience as I helped many families say goodbye to their loved ones. The echoes of screams and uncontrollable sobbing etched themselves forever in my brain. Never once did I think I would be the one screaming.

My education consisted of the theory that grief followed a straight path. That we put one foot in front of the other as we climbed the steps from one stage to the next. I always pictured grief as a linear process. Like a roadmap to be followed. We must pass through the first stage before we were emotionally able to handle the next. Textbook grief was so well defined. Like a Lego project, one step built upon the next until you reached the top and returned to the old you. People were thought to be returning to “normal” or “getting on with life” after “surviving” all the firsts. Grief was supposed to be a temporary place where hearts and souls healed. Grief was like a passing ship. The impact felt as the wake hit the jetty but soon the waters became calm and life returned to “normal”. I always felt that grief was like an exam. You had to finish the first questions before you got to the last question.

My grief theory was crushed on a snowy January day. Grief found me. My son, Matt died and my world came crashing down. That supposedly predictable and orderly pattern I studied made no sense now that I was living it. To be honest, nothing made sense. 30 months later I’m still trying to make sense out of my life.”


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