Facing the end of life – a look at Kubler-Ross’ theories of coping with death and dying (part I).
Many of us face the sad truth that we, or a loved one, is ill and facing life’s end. Our reaction may help or hinder how we face our situation.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross described five stages of grief in her book, “On Death and Dying.” She stated the stages are: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression & Acceptance. The situation we are considering is a loved one facing a terminal illness.
This month we’ll look at denial. Our first reaction may be to deny what is happening. Hearing the doctor tell us we are not going to survive our illness makes us want to seek a second opinion. We tell ourselves that the doctor or the tests were wrong. We may not tell our loved ones and hope that hiding from the truth will make the sad news disappear.
There is no right or wrong way to deal with news that our lives or our loved one’s life is ending. We can only hope that the love and support we need will be there when we accept our circumstances.