Kübler-Ross’s theory of dying consists of five steps: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance when patients learn they are terminally ill. Denial is when the patient is in rejection about the diagnosis, the patient is in disbelief they are dying. Anger is when the patient has been faced with the reality of their impending death. Patients have sadly taken their anger out on their medical health professionals, family, and friends. Bargaining is when the patient is attempting to control their unfortunate circumstance. Depression is when the patient truly acknowledges their diagnosis thus, can make them feel depressed. The reality that the patient will not be living, and will not be with their loved ones, is very depressing. Acceptance is when the patient has accepted their reality and has come to terms with it. The patients want to be at peace when they take their eternal slumber.
Grief is a psychological response, it is the feeling of being hollow. Grief happens when you deal with the loss of a loved one. Recently, I lost a loved one to small-cell lung cancer. She was my aunt. I deal with the guilt I should have spent more time with her, that I miss giving her big hugs, I miss hearing her laugh and her voice, and I still cry at the thought of losing her. I struggle to deal with death. I can’t hide the sadness when dealing with her death. This one hits close to home and it feels therapeutic to be able to talk about it.