Understanding the Stages of Dying in Hospice Care


stages of dying

Saul Ebema, D.Min.

In continuation to my article on “knowledge of death as a crisis in hospice care”, I will attempt to dive into what follows next after the knowledge or awareness of death.  According to Kubler- Rose, “There are five stages of dying that someone diagnosed with terminal illness will most likely experience.”[1] She said that the first common reaction to death and dying is denial. Throughout my experience as a hospice chaplain, I have come to notice the same pattern. Denial is the most likely reaction to a diagnosis of terminal illness. “No not me, that can’t be true,” This reaction is typical because, no one expects to be confronted by death in such a random way without preparation. Therefore, denial functions as a shock absorber to help deal with shocking news. Denial allows the person confronted with a diagnosis of terminal illness to recollect themselves and…

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About Sue Rosenbloom, M.A., C.T.

Thanatologist: Loss and Grief Coach - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007)- Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimers and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Marylhurst Gerontolgy Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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