5 Stages Of Grief

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Wolterstorff’s reflections in Lament For a Son

Carla Soto

Grand Canyon University: HLT-310V-0191 Spirituality In Healthcare

April 26, 2015

During the following paper, I will be analyzing in the book “Lament of a Son” by Nicholas Wolterstorff, where the author interprets his traumatic recollection of the death of his 25-year-old son on a climbing accident, and how he was able to appease his grief based on his faith in God. Consequently, I will be identifying the 5 stages of grief, how the author finds joy after his loss, the meaning of death in the light of the Christian narrative, and how the hope of resurrection play a role in comforting the author. According to Elisabeth Kubler Ross, there
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He states that nothing technology, or overcoming absent phone calls from the deceased can bring him acceptance. The truth of the matter is that, “Death is left for God’s overcoming.” I believe his faith in God I depart in peace, for my eyes have seen your salvation, you have shown me the path of life, in your presence there is fullness of joy, in your right hand are pleasures further more”(Psalm, 16). In addition, Nicholas Wolterstorff, finds joy remembering his son and making him part of his history. As he mentions on his book, one of the profoundest features of the Christian and Jewish way of being-in-the-world and being-in-history is remembering. He states” Remember, do not forget, do this as a remembrance”. (Wolterstorff, 1987).Consequently, there is a passage in the book where the author mentions “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him. PSALM 1,26;
As the author griefs towards his son’s death, someone mentions to his wife if she had already learn to live with Eric’s death; The author mentions Shalom is the fulness of life in all dimensions. Shalom is dwelling in justice and delight with God, with neighbor, with oneself, in nature. Death is shalom’s mortal enemy. The author mentions, “ When we think of God the Creator, then we naturally see the rich and powerful of the


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