Death, Grief and Family Dynamics: The Impact of Family Member's Death and Delayed Grief Resolution on the Family System.
13 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2016
Date Written: May 2, 2014
Death is a universal human experience. It is like the unavoidable 'gravitational' pull seeking to drag humans into the 'ethereal' world without prior consent. Death is a crisis that all families encounter, and it is recognized as the most stressful life event faced by families (Murray, Toth & Clinkinbeard, 2005). The occurrence of death though inevitable can be significantly disruptive and upsetting to the family system and the network of relationships of the dead person (Gelcher, 1986). This essay seeks to discuss the impact of non-normative unexpected deaths on the family system, enduring processes of grieving as it affects adjustment in the dynamics and structure of family, factors which affect the family's adaptation to bereavement and lastly, the mental health consequences of bereavement with reference to prolonged grief disorder.
Keywords: prolonged grief disorder, grief, death, family system
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