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Death And Dying Lament For A Son

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The occurrence of death marks the end of the life process for all living beings. It is a devastating event that is all too familiar to those in the healthcare field. For the loved ones that are left behind, grief and mourning are universal emotions that are experienced when coping with a loss of such magnitude (Axelrod, 2014). The writer will address the five stages of grief as experienced throughout Lament for a son, written by Nicholas Wolterstoff, who lost his twenty-five year old son in a mountain climbing accident.
The Five Stages of Death
Life and death are two aspects of the same reality (Corr & Corr, 2012). Bereavement is the period of mourning and grief that ...view middle of the document...

When he initially received the news of his son Eric’s death, his initial response was one of shock and denial, which were for the first three seconds, feeling the peace of resignation, his arms extended, carrying his dead son, and offering him to someone, then experiencing the pain, which he described as cold and burning (Wolterstoff, 1987). He then experienced the stage of anger by being angry because he could not understand how other people could be unaffected by the death of his son in their daily life. He also could not understand how God could just stand by and watch his son die without intervening. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet, yet trouble came (Job 3:26, King James Version). His bargaining stage included thoughts such as his wish to turn back the clock to the day of his son’s death in order for Eric to do things differently, therefore avoiding death. He expressed the stage of depression by the fact that he no longer experienced the joy of living nor felt that he belonged in the world.
What helped Wolstoff accept his son’s death was when he realized that God Himself suffered the death of His Son Jesus Christ, who was soon resurrected. Due to them being Christians, he knew that he would see Eric again in the resurrection and that they will be together again for eternity, which brought him comfort and joy. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely...

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