Integrative Theory Of Bereavement Consists Of Five Phases

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As we have recently learned, Sanders’ Integrative Theory of Bereavement consists of five phases. These phases of bereavement include: 1) shock, 2) awareness of loss, 3) conservation-withdrawal, 4) healing and 5) renewal. These phases help us understand the biological associations to psychological and behavioral responses shown in grief. The article I found containing rich content involving Sanders Theory, is an article based on Chris Kyle’s, a famed Navy SEAL, heart breaking death. This article is one that contains information regarding the day Taya Kyle, his wife, found out Chris Kyle was dead. The first phase of the theory is shock. As for most, Taya Kyle experienced shock. There was no way that the love of her life, father of their children, famed Navy SEAL and a guy who had protected our country for four years serving in Iraq had been murdered at a Texas gun range. The article of my choice states “she kept thinking over and over that there had been some mistake.” This goes to prove that she was in that initial shock phase. She was experiencing that confused state of disbelief and an intense state of alarm. The second phase is awareness of loss. This is when the realization of reality must be faced, and as the numbness begins to wear off, the bereaved must come to grips with the loss that has taken place. Taya Kyle was fully aware that she lost not only her husband, but a man that so many people looked up to and respected for serving and protecting our

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