The Five Stages Of Grief

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The “five stages of grief” is a model in which a person supposedly goes through when they are in despair. The stages are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, in that order. But, grief is a natural human emotion, and there are almost 7.5 billion people on earth, so does each individual person really follow this system? According to Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, by Max Porter, it appears not, as the book gives the readers three characters that are mourning, with each of them having their own way of struggling with the sadness. Porter portrays the three wounded characters’ grief through the use of disconnecting stories to suggest that grief is taken differently for each individual. Porter implies that Dad’s way of dealing with bereavement is by creating an imaginary figure, thinking that everything is about his wife, and reminiscing about his past. Before Dad meets Crow, he is portrayed as hopeless and pitiful, as he is smoking and drinking (4). But, when Crow arrives at the house, Dad is hoisted up from a “feathery hammock” created from the giant bird (6). Dad needed someone or something to be there with him, as his loneliness was getting the best of him. Dad’s imagination gifts him a therapy device, which was Crow. Crow comforted Dad both physically and mentally: Crow helped Dad to sleep “for the first time in days” by forming a hammock with his wings; Crow also gave Dad a figure to talk to when he is lonely. In addition, Dad copes with his suffering
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