20/07/2021

Categories: Psychology, Undergradute

Is Going Through Change the Same as Bereavement?

Throughout life, there are circumstances that people go through that change them. These can be smaller life events when we are younger, like moving home and changing school, or more significant things as we get older like getting married, having children, getting divorced or losing a loved one. There is no denying that grief changes you, the big question that many people wonder about is whether bereavement is the same as going through some of these other changes.

In many ways, it is easy to see the similarities between several important life changes and death. Divorce, for example, could certainly be seen as a bereavement. This could include the loss of the future a couple might have imagined they would have together or the loss of full-time care by both parents for any children that the marriage might have produced. To understand both how grief changes you and how death can affect you, it is worth looking at the Kübler Ross Change Cycle.

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The Kübler Ross Change Cycle

Sometimes referred to as the 5 stages of grief, the Kübler Ross Change Cycle, or curve, is a model that contains the various levels, or ranges of emotion that a person is likely to feel as they either approach death themselves or if they are someone who has survived death. The five stages as set out by Dr Kübler Ross are:

- Denial

- Anger

- Bargaining

- Depression

- Acceptance

 

Dr Kübler Ross introduced the model in her book “Death and Dying” which was published in 1969. The inspiration for the book, and the model itself came from her work with terminally ill patients. At the time there was very little information and research into the subject of death, dying and how grief changes you. The information that led to the book was collected as a result of patient interviews and seminars.

Following the book’s publication, the Kübler Ross Change Cycle was widely accepted, and it was at this point that it was discovered that the processes described in the cycle were in fact also valid for most other situations and cases that relate to change.

What are the Similarities?

Without playing down the overwhelming feelings of grief someone can go through on the death of a loved one, it is all too easy to see how changes in life, particularly those that will lead to death such as a diagnosis of a terminal illness, can present in the same way. Individuals will go through the many stages detailed in the cycle, to a variety of different degrees. Counsellors and psychologists who use the methodology of Dr Kübler Ross for explaining and helping their clients understand how change affects them.

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BSc (Hons) Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling at the University of Bolton – Looking to the Future

If you are interested in the human behaviour and psychology, our undergraduate BSc (Hons) Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling course is a great place to start and will allow you to work on those skills that will open up a range of different career paths for you.

At the University of Bolton, our course has been carefully put together to offer you all of the necessary skills that you might require for a very rewarding career in the field of psychology.  Not only do we offer a high quality of education, but our university has been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction for the past 3 years*. We believe this is testament to our ability to offer a university experience that really is #UniAsItShouldBe.

If you would like to learn more about the university or our psychology, psychotherapy and counselling course, we would be delighted to chat with you. You can contact our team of friendly advisors by sending a message to enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or calling us on +44 (0)1204 900 600.

 

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