Mrs. Ginova, a 75-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital after repeated episodes of pneumonia. Despite aggressive antibiotic therapy, her condition rapidly deteriorated and she died unexpectedly one week after being admitted to the hospital.
Mrs. Ginova’s oldest son, who lived nearby and frequently cared for his mother, arranged the funeral and visited with relatives. He misses his mother and cries occasionally, but managed to return to work the following week.
The youngest son had difficulty attending the funeral, has been unable to sleep and eat, cannot concentrate at work, and cannot believe his mother is dead.
The middle son did not weep at the funeral and had little to say to his brothers and other relatives. He returned home to another state, but remained distant. He is back to work but feels very fatigued and apathetic.
1. Mrs. Ginova’s sons are mourning. What type of loss and grief are the sons experiencing? Explain and provide reasons for your answers.
List the five stages of grief first before you identify above:
2. Describe the phases of bereavement (stages of grieving/death) that the sons are experiencing.
3. What factors may have affected how each of the brothers reacted to the death of their mother. Explain.