Dealing with the Death of a Family Member

1231 WordsFeb 26, 20185 Pages
The death of a family member can greatly affect the family system as it creates a void that is difficult to adjust to. The family experiences a terrible sense of loss, as well as a fear that they have to carry on with their lives without their loved one (Rotter, 2000). They have a hard time picturing there knew life and moving on without them. With the family system changing it may destroy the relationships that already exists in the family (Bowlby-West, 1983). After the death of a family member the most difficult time for the family would be the anniversaries. These anniversaries include the anniversary of the day that the family member died, their birthday as well as special holidays. These dates are stressful for the family and will be a reminder of the death (Bowlby-West, 1983). The grief process that the family system will go through after the death of a family member may last a long time, especially as they go through the different anniversary’s. Non-normative events, such as a child’s death by suicide, and accidental death may also make the grief process more difficult (Rotter, 2000). According to Bowlby (1979) and Parkes (1972) there are four stages of grief that people will go through during the grief period after the death of a family member (Bowlby-West, 1983). The first phase is a phase of numbness that lasts from a few hours to a week. They may experience anger and distress as well. They would find it difficult to cope with tasks because they are preoccupied
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