Sudden Loss - the Unexpected Death of Someone Close
Sudden Loss impacts in the case of death
or suicide of a family member, a friend, a work companion.
a person is faced with a sudden loss the event can
be very traumatic, and capable of incapacitating the person for some
Kubler Ross identified five stages experienced by those confronted
with death and dying
Denial and isolation
Stages of Sudden Loss
Three important stages can be identified when a loss is experienced.
- 1. Bereavement
a state of desolation involving loss. The person may feel robbed,
- 2. Grief
feelings of sorrow, anger, guilt, and confusion that arise when
a loss is experienced. Grief accompanies bereavement.
- 3. Mourning
the overt expression of grief, and the usual response to bereavement.
Frequently, it is culturally modified and influenced.
Acceptance of Sudden Loss
Aceptance of sudden loss will occur when the person begins to
- 1. Acknowledge the Reality of the Loss
- 2. Experience the Pain of Grief
- 3. Adjust to an Environment in which the Deceased is missing
of Life Principles and Procedures
Addressing Sudden Loss
survivors as early as possible with the establishment of a caring
them identify and express feelings
- In cases
of suicide, address the issues of stigma, shame, guilt and blame
in a way that is supportive and non-judgmental
Working with Indivduals
survivors to live without the deceased
emotional withdrawal from the deceased
survivors to go on
time to grieve
for continuing support
clients about customary grieving reactions of other individuals
to help normalise the experience
for individual differences
Be sensitive to individuals styles
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