If you are a nurse, there is no doubt you have heard of stages of grief as well as Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and her 1969 book “On Death and Dying”. Whether you were introduced to the stages of grief during your behavioral health clinical rotation or when covering end of life issues, it is evident that the emotions and grief when faced with terminal illness, death and dying are extreme. It is also true that individuals go through the stages of grief when faced with less severe life stressors as well including chronic illness, job loss, and the ending of relationships. Even the little stresses of life may elicit the stages of grief as well.
The commonly accepted five stages of grief are as follows: