Student Nurse Laura

Orem – "creative effort of one human being to help another human being."

Accomplishing the A’s of Grief

Posted by Laura on March 29, 2010

What does grief feel like? According to what I have read, you start with a “…somatic distress,  a tightness in the throat followed by an empty feeling inside the abdomen, a lack of muscle power, and intense disabling distress.” (Brunner & Suddarth, 2008)

What can a nurse do as an intervention? 

Accomplish the A’s of  Anguish.

Acceptance

Acknowledgement

Adaptation

Activities

If you see Dr. Kubler-Ross 5 Stages of Dying, you can try to apply these A’s.

  • The working upon Acceptance – to the focus of Denial
  • Acknowledgement of the pain and intensity of the loss – in relation to Anger and Bargaining
  • Adaptation to the changes in life – to get through the Depression
  • And back to Acceptance

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