Understanding The Dying Process

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Understanding The Dying Process

  1. 1. Understanding the dying process Vasso Chantzi Psychologist KLIMAKA NGO
  2. 2. What is death? The end of life The full cessation of vital actions Permanent state in the field of biology All living things eventually die What are the person’s feeling towards death?
  3. 3. Stages of dying process 1. Denial 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance The person keeps on hoping but the nature and content of this hope changes gradually
  4. 4. 1. Stage of denial “This can’t be real” Denial: a normal defense mechanism A “weapon” of self-protection Distortion of the reality First order denial: of symptoms/diagnosis Second order denial: of the long-term implications of the illness Third order denial: of death Denial:beneficial but dangerous

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