Death like life is an inevitable occurrence in the human experience and according to Sigmund Freud,

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Death like life is an inevitable occurrence in the human experience and according to Sigmund Freud, “Although we know that after such a loss the acute state of mourning will subside, we also know we shall remain inconsolable and will never find a substitute”. Hence, the management of the effects of death becomes necessary to the healing of the human spirit as one tries to cope with the extensive loss and pain associated with losing a loved one. Freud further stated that this gap result in the only way of perpetuating love which we do not want to let go of. This “gap”, according to Freud, has a great impact on the psychological and spiritual well being of human beings and as such the study of Sudden Death is essential to the modern…show more content…
They breach the attachments of family, friendship, love, and community; shatter the construction of the self that is formed and sustained in relation to others; undermine the belief systems that give meaning to human experience; and violate the victim’s faith in a natural or divine order and cast the victim into a state of existential crisis” (Herman, 1992, p.51). Within this context, ‘sudden deaths’ are more likely to involve domestic violence, accidents, mutilation, stirring the worst imaginations in the bereaved. In some circumstances, the survivor cannot see the body, thus adding to the problem of failing to accept the finality of the loss. Losing a loved one suddenly in a tragic event is hard and hence there is no escaping one’s sense of pain and loss if a return to normal life is going to occur. Following a sudden or violent death, other stressful and traumatic events may occur. These include the sight of the injured or maimed body, the arrival of the police and/or medical personnel, efforts to assist the injured, the grief reactions of other witnesses, and the survivor’s separation from the love one body. These secondary traumas are encoded as intrusive memories that interfere with the survivor’s ability to mourn, because the survivor cannot remember the parent without also remembering and

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