The 5 Stages of Grief: Bargaining

The 5 stages of grief as identified by Dr Elisabeth Kubler Ross are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These stages can become ways that both the dying and their loved ones cope with the long journey ahead. We have looked at denial and anger in previous posts. All the stages are well traveled  before a person’s…

What is a Good Death Experience?

What is a good death experience? How can the words good and death even be thought of in the same sentence you may wonder? Most people don’t even think about death until it hits close to home. But when death does come sneaking up on you, most just assume it will be the most devastating,…

The 5 Stages of Grief: Anger

As I mentioned in my previous post on denial, there is an accepted pattern in the stages of grieving that the dying and their loved ones will go through as they journey through the dying process. Dr Elisabeth Kubler Ross was the first to describe these 5 stages of grief and labeled them as denial,…

The 5 Stages of Grief: Denial

Dr Elisabeth Kubler Ross was a very interesting woman, and early in her career as a psychiatrist, she decided to take the unheard of approach of asking a dying patient directly about their dying. Conventional wisdom of the day was that you did not tell the person they were dying and that everyone else other…

Shared Story from Steven

My mom passed away a little over 2 years ago in South Florida (where my people go to die).  She was 96 and had lived long enough to outlive most of her family and her friends.  She was ready. Once when a doctor told her she would live to be 100, she told him, “Don’t…

My Loved One is Dying, Should I Stay or Should I Go?

As a hospice nurse I am frequently asked by family at the end of the day, “Should I stay or should I go?” or “Call me if anything changes.” When a person is imminent the only change is death. The hard part is that a person can be imminent for many hours or days. Time…

Liebster Award

    Thank you to Kerry McKim, author of the great blog Running Forward…My Way, for nominating me for a Liebster Award. Kerry shares her tumultuous emotional journey as a widow following the death of her husband Bryon on her blog found at kerrymckim.com The Liebster Award is an online award started in 2011 given…