Experience And Process Of Dying

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Knowing the experience and process of dying helps us not only as counselors but as individuals coping with family illnesses and loved ones passing. Knowing specific unresponsive and withdrawn symptoms of an individual during this stage can better equip loved ones for the reality as to which is about to happen. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to experience the gradual process of someone passing away. Sometimes this may be quick and abruptive with no warning. This affects the grieving process in every aspect. When a person enters the final stage of dying, two different dynamics are at work which closely relate to the physical and emotional systems starting to cease function. When the the body begins to shut down this is typically an orderly and undramatic progressive series of physical changes. These events are not typically medical emergencies requiring invasive interventions (Arnett, 2012). These are normal and natural ways in which the body prepares itself to stop. Another dynamic of the dying process is on an emotional-spiritual-mental plane (Scott, 2007). Some believe this is where the spirit of the dying person begins to be released from the body. This release also tends to follow resolutions of what may be unfinished, or the practical nature of permission to “let go” from family members (Scott, 2007). Understanding the emotional-spiritual-mental and physical signs and symptoms help people understand the natural kinds of things that will happen and how to respond appropriately (Scott, 2007). These events are normal in which the spirit prepares to move from this existence into the next dimension of life (Scott, 2007). Not every sign or symptom will happen in order or in every situation. Each person is unique and... ... middle of paper ... ... single detail or aspect of life (Albom, 1997). Another major aspect of Tuesdays with Morrie, was on the fourth Tuesday when Morrie said, “The truth is...once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” (Albom, 1997, p. 82). This struck me as very eye opening that the awareness of death may come at any moment. Morrie conveyed to Mitch that he has to accept the possibility of one’s own death before he can truly appreciate what he has on earth (Albom, 1997). I think he prompts everyone to appreciate and value what one can have only for a limited period of time, and to live every moment to its fullest. Mitch’s outlook on life changed forever, as well as many of his readers. Today’s vision of life as a race to beat the clock, and to attain wealth and power shouldn’t be the way of life. Life should be enjoyed and fulfilled to its greatest potential (Albom, 1997).
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