Kubler-Ross, Religion and Healthy Grief Comparison Essay by SBurtis

Kubler-Ross, Religion and Healthy Grief
A discussion on Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross' model of grief and the approach of Christians and Tibetan Buddhists to death and loss.
# 152674 | 1,436 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper explains how Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross outlined five stages of grief, while recognizing that not everyone experiences each stage, nor do they always experience them in a specific order. The paper discusses the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally, acceptance, and looks at the story of Job to illustrate the faith held by Christians and the way they tend to cope with profound grief. The paper contrasts this approach to grief with that of Tibetan Buddhists and highlights the differences between Christians and Buddhists in beliefs, attitudes and rituals of the dying. Finally, this author considers whether his research has changed his personal views on grief.

Tibetan Buddhism
Preferred Method for Handling Grief

From the Paper:

"Dr. Elisabeth K bler-Ross outlined five stages of grief, recognizing that not everyone experiences each stage, nor do they always experience them in a specific order. While this grieving model is useful for understanding and dealing with grief, it is more useful from a medical standpoint, especially in the United States and Europe. However, spirituality as a coping mechanism is often linked to faith and religion. While the K bler-Ross model can explain the technical and psychological basis of bereavement, it cannot begin to explain how and why certain cultures and religions approach grief in the ways they do. For example, Christians often turn to God, questioning Him, blaming Him, and even bargaining with Him out of despair and desperation. In contrast, Tibetan Buddhists hold to the belief that although all human beings must die, those facing the loss must focus on the dying in order to minimize that person's suffering and to ensure their chances of a more fortunate reincarnation. Despite cultural and religious differences regarding grief, joy is an integral part of the coping and healing process, no matter what beliefs one may hold. Loss can be a very difficult thing to endure. Few of us know how we will handle the situation until we face it. Even subsequent losses can bring vastly different experiences with the grieving process."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Book of Job: Summary and commentary. (2002). Retrieved from http://www.biblestudytools.com/job/
  • The five stages of grief: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross David Kessler. Retrieved from http://grief.com/the-five-stages-of-grief/
  • Workman-Newkirk, Autumn. (1999). Grief and Tibetan Buddhism. Retrieved from http://www.indiana.edu/~famlygrf/culture/workman.html

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APA Format

Kubler-Ross, Religion and Healthy Grief (2013, April 15) Retrieved September 25, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/kubler-ross-religion-and-healthy-grief-152674/

MLA Format

"Kubler-Ross, Religion and Healthy Grief" 15 April 2013. Web. 25 September. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/kubler-ross-religion-and-healthy-grief-152674/>