process of grief

The Process of Grieving

The goal of this discussion is to use the stages of Kubler-Ross’s grieving process to relate to a person’s responses to an artifact linked to death.

Like developmental stages, the process of grieving the loss of a significant other, parent, or sibling can be recognized as a transition that helps us to integrate that loss. Using the reading about the widows’ rings and the article related to dying and career focus from this unit’s studies (linked in Resources), choose one of these women and consider the stages she might have passed through during her grieving process. Which of them do you feel has demonstrated the stages Kubler-Ross identified as acceptance?

  • As a human behavior professional, what help would you solicit to understand the cultural forces involved in mourning and dying for any of these widows?
  • What professional support can be developed to form a community of service for someone?
  • To what extent do you think it makes a difference that the women were or were not employed before the death of their spouses?