When Death became real to me
Photo credits: Seberg / Belmondo. À Bout de Souffle. ‘60.
I chose the death of Fred, my step-father to share my first experience with the darkness of grief, feeling a huge loss that left me empty for almost 8 years. There were 2 deaths that marked my life the most…as a child my grandfather and as an adult at 31 when my step-father died.
We live in a culture that is uncomfortable with death. We don’t even say the D word, now do we…much? In the 70’s we heard of Dr. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross talk about the stages of grief and initially at that time, she was observing people who were diagnosed with a terminal illness. The stages at that time were in relation to a process when faced with dying and death as in her book On Death and Dying: the Five Stages of Grief, first published in 1969:
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