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As a result of experiences with loss and grief, each of us develops our own unique style of dealing with these issues. Understanding your attitudes, values, assumptions, beliefs, reactions, and unfinished business (if any) is an important task of self-awareness. The goal of this assignment is to facilitate your reflection about how these issues present themselves and relate to your personal coping style as well as your interactions with others coping with loss and grief.
First, take Wong’s “Death Attitude Profile” and then react to it. Score your results for each dimension named at the end of the test and reflect/summarize your attitude toward death.
There is no overall formal scoring key. For our purposes, within each dimension/for each question tally the number of
SA = strongly agree A= agree
MA= moderately agree
MD= moderately disagree
SD= strongly disagree
Please note that the scales run both from strongly agree to strongly disagree and from strongly disagree to strongly agree.
Once you have this general tally, please reflect on and respond to the following questions:
What is your comfort level in dealing with different issues of grief, and different kinds of loss with others? For example, are there specific kinds of losses that you feel will be particularly challenging to work with? Based on your personal experiences with grief and having seen how others experience grief – do you agree or disagree with a theorist or the text? Be specific.
Do you think the results of the Death Attitude Profile provided you with a valid and reliable instrument for assessing your attitudes towards death?
Having gone through this activity, what is your interest in issues of grief and loss as well as your personal goals for this course?
Use APA STYLE
Friedman R, James JW. The myth of the stages of dying, death and grief. Skeptic (Altadena, CA). 2008;(2):37.
Moos NL. An integrative model of grief. Death Studies. 1995;19(4):337-364.
Rothaupt JW, Becker K. A Literature Review of Western Bereavement Theory: From Decathecting to Continuing Bonds. The Family Journal. 2007;15(1):6-15. doi:10.1177/1066480706294031.
Chapters 1 and 2 – Worden, J. W. (2018). Grief counseling and grief therapy: A handbook for the mental health practitioner (5th ed.).