On Death And Dying Essay

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On Death and Dying Elisabeth Kubler Ross Elizabeth Kubler-Ross a psychiatrist, who earned her M.D at the University of Zurich in 1956. Ross later relocated to the United States where she taught psychiatry at the University of Colorado and the University of Chicago. Ross who studied human behavior in the dying stage, developed fives stages that humans go through when they are told their dying. Those stages are Denial and Isolation, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Ross discusses the five stages in details in her book “On Death and Dying.” Ross named the first stage of dying “Denial and Isolation.” This stage describes the reaction of many people when they are told their dying or terminally ill. According to Ross, the first statement is “No, not me, it cannot be true.” This reaction is typically seen in patients who are informed prematurely or abruptly by someone who does not know them well or someone what tells the patient quickly to get it over with without considering how the patient will react to such bad news. The Second Stage is Anger. When patients cannot continue in denial stage, they tend to substitute it with anger, rage, envy, and resentment. At this point, the patient starts to question why is he dying and not someone else. This is a difficult time for the patient to cope with family and medical professionals. At time point, the patient has problem just about everyone and anything. Many times the family members do not quite understand what the patient is going through so the react to the situation by crying, feeling a sense of guilt or shame or avoid visiting the patient at all. This type of behavior from family members only increases the patient anger and discomfort. As not by Ross, only a few people put themselves in the patient position and wonder where the anger is coming from (Diessner, p.258). The third stage is the

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