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The Psychological Stages of Cancer

 
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Trying to get someone in this place to see anything otherwise, however, is like trying to make a blind man see.

When there is no more bargaining to be done, the depression can be overwhelming—like a feeling that one has been tossed into a lonely, black pit. Self-pity can become the focus of the day, or the week, depending on the circumstances.

The final stage, acceptance, is something I believe can be debatable. The definition of acceptance is receiving favorable reception. Resignation may be a more appropriate term for many.

We are each the product of our own reality, and as such, we each will process these stages in different ways and over varying lengths of time. What I believe is most important through each and every one of these stages is the support of others. Humans need to be connected to one another.

If you have the opportunity to be that supportive figure, embrace it, along with the knowledge that you are fulfilling one of the most important roles in that person’s life and death.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%BCbler-Ross_model

http://www.psych.ufl.edu/~undergrad/f11_courses/dep4930_bluck_f09.pdf

http://www.amsa.org/AMSA/Homepage/About/Committees/DeathandDying.aspx

http://www.ekrfoundation.org/

Reviewed July 6, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Kate Kunkel

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