Becoming an Amputee During Adolescence – A Grieving Period

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This paper will firstly discuss common areas of grief experienced by an adolescent and how this grief can disrupt the developmental stage. Secondly, I will explore the theoretical principals of William Worden. I will briefly outline his normal grief behaviours then explain the four tasks of mourning which are the following: accepting the reality of the loss, working through the pain of the grief, adjusting to an environment in which the deceased is missing, and emotionally relocating the deceased and move on with life. Lastly will be an analysis of nursing strategies that will assist an adolescent in coming to terms of being an amputee.

How grief affects an adolescent amputee

Zagdanski (2012) states:

Grief is the word used to describe the feelings and reactions we have when something devastating happens in our lives. We often associate grief only with death. However, we can actually grieve as a result of losing anything we value or anyone for whom we care deeply. (p. 10)

The nature of physical and emotional transformation marks the emergence into maturity – a tempestuous period but one foreshadowing new independences. In the world where adolescence and beauty are one and the same, the decay in generative functioning in females and an overall decelerating of physical capability in both men and women is often regarded unfavourably (Machin, 2014). Adolescents are enduring through different changes and stages of development, so the combination of hereditary, environmental, societal, and traditional conditions that have inspiration on individual diversity can result in different pathways for young teens (Hoffnung et al., 2012). Casting a medical condition such as amputation in amid adolescent development can cause adolescents t...

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...ing their life to the fullest again. We must always remember with each phase of grieving that has passed and as the adolescent is supported through a very harrowing time the emotional and mental state of unhappiness will relax.

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Hoffnung, M., Hoffnung, R. J., Pausé, C. J., Smith, R. B., Hine, A., Seifert, K., & Ward, L. (2012). Lifespan Development: A Chronological Approach: John Wiley & Sons Australia, Limited.

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