: 12:07 4G х Death and Dying Handout…. The Stages of Death and Dying Across the Lifestun Stages 1.) Children a. Preoperational Stage obstacles to logical thinking: b. How these obstacles affect children’s perception of death: c. Ages: 2.) Adolescence a. and are the reasons why adolescence go through the stage of denial far more than in other stages. b. The at this time are greatly compromised. However, the denial experienced at this stage can be ful to them persevere and live their life to the fullest. 3.) Young/Emerging Adulthood a. The prognosis of death is particularly hard in this stage simply because this is the time when people think about planning ahead for the future. b. There are a lot of concerns and questions relating to stage of Psychosocial development (Erikson) here, such as: “Do get close to my boyfriend; do I get married and/or should I start a family?” c. The anger and bargaining stage often occurs at this time, which often leads to depression because “negotiations and promises cannot be kept. Adolescents and Young adults make poor patients because of this issue, and this makes the young medical staff feel vulnerable and think about their own mortality 4 Middle Adulthood
4.) Middle Adulthood a. Life-threatening diseases occur mainly in this stage, so there is a sense of realism and many fears are present. This could lead to a midlife crisis and/or more life evaluations. b. Individuals in this age group are in this Erikson’s stage of Psychosocial Development 5.) Late Adulthood a. Individuals in this age group are in this Erikson’s stage of Psychosocial Development b. In this stage, we ask “does my life have value?” because death of friends and spouses are more prevalent. They are more realistic, still anxious, and reflective about life and death. Notes: – Individuals (even caregivers in grief) can skip the stages of dying or not follow the same sequence. There are rises and falls within and between each of the stages. – Also note that patients prefer to die at home mainly because family support is available and empathy is more present in comparison to hospitals. At the hospital, patients and their families are often rushed and/or not treated as an individual.