Dealing with a Traumatic and Sudden Loss

Making Peace with our Experiences

Clements, DeRanieri, Vigil, Benasutti, (2004) states successful therapy is very important after a sudden traumatic death because it depends on understanding the devastation of the incident. Also, there is an immediate shock and chaos that can lead to a complicated grief and bereavement understanding the complications factors of sudden traumatic death can improve therapeutic guidance and intervention Moreover the act of homicide and suicide continues to carry the stereotypes about those who died in this manner versus car accidents in occupational death which often carry a repulsive gory detail of the last moments of a person's life the reality for survivors that a loved one has died in a sudden and unexpected and violent manner leaving family members with feelings of resentment socially, psychologically and emotionally.

Walter, Hourizi, Moncur, Pitsillides, (2011). A study that consists of the elderly between the ages of 63 to 86 years old that interact online were hesitant to join Facebook because of disclosing personal information to friends online. Older adults seem to be more concerned with their privacy than younger adults. Furthermore, consideration should be given to those who are at the end of their lives and whether they can gain from the internet or whether the elderly member who is at the end of their life be included on online conversation. Also, there is little research for those who are suffering from certain diseases such as cancer and there's also a lack of research into social networks of those who are dying.

Life Adjustments After Loss While Dealing with Trauma and Chronic Illnesses

Clements, DeRanieri, Vigil, and Benasutti, (2004) states that surviving families, friends and coworkers seem to be overwhelmed by emotions due to sudden traumatic death of a loved one because they don't have the ability or time to prepare mentally and emotionally.  In the beginning there is shock and numbness and the anticipation of trying to notify friends, families. Moreover, preparing a funeral and burial is important but done at the last minute and often results in chaos and sudden traumatic death. Sudden death constantly brings about drastic changes to the family system. It can trigger an unexpected need for evaluation of differences in roles in the structure of the family. It also allows no patient anticipation or preparation for the loss and can result in an impulsive and organized attempt to regain balance within the family system.

Walter, Hourizi, Moncur and Pitsillides (2011), mentions how those who are suffering from a life-threatening disease such as breast cancer in relation to research online support has been influential in providing social support through health outcomes and are easier to access versus in person support groups. Also, online support is available at any time and find someone who shares the same health issues. But, there are those websites such as suicide web sites that shows a suicide incident or help suicide sites. Health professionals and family members are concerned about such sites that can encourage unhealthy behaviors and not be monitored by health professionals.  Furthermore, those who are suffering from terminal illness are concerned about their privacy online and want to focus on making their relations stronger with those they have established a relationship with.

Readers Can Safely Utilize Social Media To Help Cope With The Grieving Process

Walter, Hourizi, Moncur, and Pitsillides (2011) online cemeteries tend to attract those that are grieving. The editor of a special journal issue stated that many kinds of grieving in modern America are ineffectual and that the internet provides a new place for those to mourn and find a voice. In the new millennium special memorial sites have continued but are outnumbered due to the number of people and their connections made through social media sites. Pictures of the dead, conversations with the dead, and morning feelings can become part of the everyday world of Facebook. Indicate that mass media have long brought death into the living room audiences are unlikely personally to know these media. Online support groups specifically those that are of the ill and dying or grieving people tend to keep their life-threatening disease from the public view and talk to one another in personal groups which reduces their openness to people who do not have major illnesses. Those who enter a digital Cemetery tend to choose what link to a local website that they could become involved with during their time of grieving.

Clements, P. T., DeRanieri, J. T., Vigil, G. J., & Benasutti, K. M. (2004). Life After Death: Grief Therapy After the Sudden Traumatic Death of a Family Member. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 40(4), 149–154.

Walter, T., Hourizi, R., Moncur, W., & Pitsillides, S. (2011). Does the Internet Change How We Die and Mourn? Overview and Analysis. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 64(4), 275–302.

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