Elizabeth Kubler Ross (1926-2004)
Have you ever heard of the Kubler-Ross stages of grief? The one person whose name is linked with the topic of grief in many people's minds is Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.
was a Swiss psychiatrist who spent a lot of time comforting and
studying dying people in her hospital. She revolutionized the way the
world looks at terminally ill patients, and promoted compassion and
caring for them.
She made a great contribution to the study of mourning in 1969 by introducing the "5 stages of grief": denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Unfortunately, her theory was largely misunderstood and applied improperly.
You see, she created her model while working with people dying of cancer. The staging was meant to apply to the phases of grief a dying person goes through, not those grieving the death of another person.
some of her principles may well apply to those grieving the loss of a
loved one, the linear nature of the process she describes really does
not apply well to the grief process we have been discussing in this
Dr.Kubler-Ross' work, however, was important pioneering research that is interesting and helpful for us to understand anyway.
These are the Kubler Ross stages of grief:
Kubler Ross later stated that she had never meant for the 5 stages of
grief to "help tuck messy emotions into neat packages". There is no
single pathway or progression through grief, and that is the main fault
of any attempt to stage grief like this. Even the different Kubler-Ross
stages can be experienced multiple times, at the same time, and in any
So there you have it. That's the story behind the Kubler Ross stages of grief...
~Are you devastated by the loss of a loved one?
~Bewildered by all the strong emotions and crazy symptoms?
~Wondering how you are ever going to survive?
~Tired of being stuck in a complicated grief?
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