The Bereavement Role, Disenfranchised Grief And The Four Tasks Of Mourning

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Bereavement Role, Disenfranchised Grief and the Four Tasks of Mourning Losing a loved one can be very painful, emotional and overwhelming. The difficult part after losing a loved one is learning how to cope with the loss. In order for nurses to help individuals cope with a loss of a loved one it is important for them to understand the grief process. This paper will define and explain the bereavement role, disenfranchised grief, four tasks of mourning and how nurses can help bereaved individuals with these processes.
Bereavement Role
The bereavement role occurs at the onset of death and the bereaved individual becomes exempted from their normal social responsibilities (Leming and Dickinson, p.492, 2016). The bereavement role is considered temporary and should only last short term. There are cases in which is lasts long term and is defined as abnormal behavior. Types of deviant behavior include malingering in the bereavement role, rejecting attempts from others who offer social and emotional support, refusal to seek counseling, rejecting public funeral rituals, engaging in aberrant behavior such as heavy drug or alcohol usage, and rushing into major life changes such as remarrying or moving to a new home (Leming and Dickinson, p.493, 2016). The length of the bereavement period usually depends on the nature of the relationship with the deceased and the bereavement process is unique to each individual. During the bereavement period, individuals become dependent on family,…

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