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stages of grief

stages/cycle of grief

denial the person cant/wont believe the loss is happening/happened. thought processes reflect the idea of "no, not me." MA should support without reinforcing denial. might help to give written info.
anger the person might aim feeling of hostility at others, including health care staff. thought processes reflect on "Why me?" MA should not take anger personally but should help them understand that being angry is expected.
bargaining the person attempts to avoid the loss by making some kind of deal. patient might also be searching for alternative solutions. thought process reflects on "yes, me, but.." MA should listen and encourage the PT to continue to express their feelings.
depression the reality takes hold and the person feels sad, lonely, and helpless. thought process reflects on "yes, its me". MA should sit with the PT and not put pressure to share feelings but instead convey support and understanding. refer to support group
acceptance person comes to terms and starts making plans for moving on with life despite the loss or impending loss. willing to try to "make the best of it" thought process reflects on "Yes, me, and I'm ready" MA should offer encouragement, support
Created by: elshalance
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