Losing someone causes overwhelming grief, characterized by emotional pain and suffering. The most potent type of grief is death from loved ones (Gesi et al. 2). People experience a range of emotions, such as shock, disbelief, and intense sadness. These emotions challenge mental health illness, and some severe extents may seem abnormal. Therefore, one’s can never be expected after losing someone significant to them.
People undergo different stages of grief that disrupt their normal functioning after losing their loved ones. These stages include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance (Sweeney 957). For instance, after a closely related person’s death, the believed may undergo the denial stage of grief, where they experience shock and accept that death has occurred. This may cause depression and related mental health issues. They may develop extreme anger and bitterness, which can damage interpersonal relationships or their social life. For instance, the believed may become bitter and may blame other people for losing their loved ones. Generally, one’s normal life is disrupted by causing mental health issues and severy affecting social life.
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Therefore, it is important to study this topic, as it affects daily living’s critical sociological and psychological components. It is an ideal opportunity to understand the process of grief and the implications of losing someone from an evidence-based approach. For instance, people adopt different strategies to fight depression due to death, which may not be effective, but studying about loss helps people understand and develop effective mechanisms of coping with death. Additionally, investigating the topic creates an understanding of the relationship between loss and its psychological components of daily living. Death disrupts people’s normal life as they experience depressions, emotional feelings, anger, and bargaining stages of grief. It is important to understand each emotion as linked to the loss of someone, facilitating effective assessment and treatment of mental health illnesses.
This topic will also help practitioners develop statistics on how different populations react to losing their significant others. That way, relevant agencies may focus on the critically affected population and mobilize necessary resources. For instance, the grief rate in older adults in the U.S is higher than in younger adults (Goveas and Shear 1119). Additionally, a significant number of those who die annually in the U.S, an average of five people, are left grieving the loss of their loved ones (Testoni and Pinducciu 142). As such, social workers and care providers in social professions should ensure complete assessment and treatment for adults more than youths after they have lost someone. Besides, such statistics can aide in developing research questions and hypothesis for in-depth studies on loss.
Possible research questions include;
- What is the implication of losing a loved one on their social life?
- What are the different evidence-based strategies to cope with the loss of someone?
- What is the relationship between the loss of someone and the rate of mental health issues in the U.S.?
- What are the five stages of grief as a result of the loss of someone?
- Can people lead a normal life after the death of their loved ones?
In conclusion, the loss of loved ones subjects people to grief and extreme depression. People’s normal life is disrupted by loss and can never be the same. They undergo all stages of grief before healing. Statistics in the U.S have shown that a significant percentage of the population is affected by their loved ones’ death. To cope with loss, people should develop different strategies as life must continue.
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Goveas, Joseph S., and M. Katherine Shear. “Grief And The COVID-19 Pandemic In Older Adults”. The American Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol 28, no. 10, 2020, pp. 1119-1125. Elsevier BV, doi:10.1016/j.jagp.2020.06.021. Accessed 15 Mar 2021.
Sweeney, Alexis (Roldan). “Commentary On “The Five Stages Of Grief””. Academic Medicine, vol 92, no. 7, 2017, p. 957. Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health), doi:10.1097/01.acm.0000520957.13661.43. Accessed 15 Mar 2021.
Testoni, Ines, and Manuela Anna Pinducciu. “Grieving Those Who Still Live: Loss Experienced By Parents Of Transgender Children”. Gender Studies, vol 18, no. 1, 2019, pp. 142-162. Walter De Gruyter Gmbh, doi:10.2478/genst-2020-0011. Accessed 15 Mar 2021.