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Often times people feel uncomfortable talking to and interacting with a person who is dying This is at least partly because we have no way to understand their perspective and what they are experiencing mentally emotionally and spiritually Approaches to the dying process can help us become more comfortable by increasing our understanding and adding insight into the perspective of the dying person I think hope is an important aspect of all stages A persons hope can help them through difficult times Adults have more fears about death than do children They fear pain and suffering dying alone and invasion of privacy They also fear loneliness and being separated from family and loved ones The five stages of death have been identified as denial anger bargaining depression and acceptance The first stage is denial During denial persons refuse to believe they are dying No not me is a common response The person believes a mistake has been made Information about the illness or injury is not heard The person cannot deal with any problem or decision related to the illness or injury This stage can last a few hours days or much longer Some people are still in the stage of denial at the time of death The second stage is anger The person thinks Why me People behave with anger and rage They envy and resent those who have life and health Family friends and the health care team usually are the targets of their anger They blame others They find fault with those who are loved and needed the most Anger is a normal and healthy reaction Do not take a persons anger personally The third stage is bargaining The person now says Why me but There is bargaining with God for more time Promises are made in exchange for more time They may want to see a child marry see a grandchild have one more Christmas or live
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