Stages of grief and loss

 Define the Stages of Dying Model as outlined by Kubler-Ross and explain it in detail. How might this theory differ or be the same amongst cultures as outlined in the reading? Provide detailed examples.  

NOTE: You must make at least 1 substantial posting and 2 substantial replies to this thread. You must participate in the Unit 1 discussion board (making postings/replies) at least 3 days per unit to qualify for full credit for this unit’s discussion boards. To earn a grade in the excellent or good category, you must have at least 1 posting by Wed. at 11:59pm EST. You also must use APA style in your posting and replies so please use in-text references and provide a reference to give proper credit to the authors. Please know that the MSHSV program requires the use of scholarly and empirical sources at all times unless otherwise stated as much in this assignment.

Response #1 

 When someone loses someone they are going through so many emotions and making so many decisions. Everyone griefs differently and people will always have something to say about how they think a person should handle a situation. In the video the women talks about different situations where someone has lost a loved one and people on the outside believe that they should move on or that the way they are handling the situation is not healthy (Tedx, 2017). As a human service professional we should know that there are going to be people in a grieving person’s life who has a say and we need to be their advocate. Listening to their feelings and keeping them on a healthy course is the priority.


Tedx (2017) When Someone You Love Dies,There Is No Such Thing as Moving On | Kelley Lynn | TEDxAdelphiUniversity. Retrieved from:When Someone You Love Dies,There Is No Such Thing as Moving On | Kelley Lynn | TEDxAdelphiUniversity

Response Post #2


Great post this week! This writer would like to agree with your statement that every culture has a different reaction to death. This writer believes that every culture responses differently to death because of the many different traditions, beliefs, and religions that guide cultural followers to their ideology of death and the process of a deceased loved one. According to the Institute of Medicine (1984) every culture has rituals to mark the death of individuals and to assist surviving loved ones with their loss. With this being said the Institute of Medicine (1984) states that ethnic groups such as African burials differ greatly from Japenese burials in terms of grievance, funeral services, and traditional burial sites. With the many different cultures and the many different bereavement traditions, it may seem difficult for a professional to keep up with or even have the knowledge to recognize the differences. Although, the Institute of Medicine (1984) states that mental health professionals should use great caution in interperting the bereavement experiences in all clients. This caution should be taken because of the possibility that the norms for these groups may differ from one’s own or from those in a mainstream culture (Institute of Medicine, 1984). For example, this writer is used to quiet and sad funerals overall, whereas the African tradition is more of an upbeat process where it is encouraged to be loud and be heard as well as allowing loud music during the processes (Insititute of Medicine, 1984). Therefore, mental health professionals should make an effort to be aware of and accomodating  to alternative cultural practices for handling the process of death and to reduce the potential for cross-cultural miscommunication (Institute of Medicine, 1984). This writer believes that using caution and trying to be a more aware professional in the field will allow her to recognize when cultural differences will be presented during sessions. 


 Institute of Medicine. (1984). Sociocultural influences. Retrieved from 

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