Healthy Grief Essay

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Healthy Grief
Grand Canyon University

` Job was a faithful follow of God who experienced tragedy as a result of Satan’s test of God. As a result of this test, Job moves through the stages of grief to complete his healing process. Kübler-Ross study of an individual’s grief led her to define and divide grief into five stages; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. This paper will examine the similarities joy and grief share. Lastly, how the author handles grief in their life.
Stage 1 of Kübler-Ross grieving process The wealth of livestock Job possessed was stolen and Job’s four sons and 3 daughters were killed by a strong wind that destroyed the house they were dining in (Job 1:14-19). Following the
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Job experiences depression as evidenced by him sitting in silence for one week on the ground even as his friends are with him (Job 2:13). Job later goes on stating his sorrow, loss of hope, and his desire to die indicating his further feelings of depression “My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the grave is ready for me” (Job 17:1-16).
Stage 5 of Kübler-Ross grieving process
This final stage of grief involves the individual coming to acceptance of his situation or circumstance. Job has a conversation with God in Job chapters 38-42. God’s conversations help Job to further accept his grief and complete the healing of his grief. Afterwards God rewards Job for not letting his grief affect his loyalty to God by providing him with more wealth and children than before his tragedy.
In Islam, Muslims believe you submit your will to Allah alone and no one else. They believe that if you believe and trust in him that he will take care of you no matter what. This limits them from experiencing denial. They are taught to remove themselves from hate and anger and rely on the fact that Allah, The Creator has bestowed upon them special privileges. They believe their limitations as human and don’t worry the stresses ahead of them and place their rest in Allah’s wisdom reducing the need for bargaining stage of grief. Even though they may

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