Psychology of a person going to die
What is death psychology? This studies the psychology of a person who comes to know about the approaching death.
Initially, it seems totally unbelievable! A healthy person leading a joyous life is diagnosed with the terminal stage of leukemia popularly called blood cancer. It really becomes too difficult for the person as well as the family members to accept and face the reality.
The first stage remains that of absolute denial. Neither the patient nor the family members are ready to believe the diagnostic report. ‘This can’t happen to me’ is the very first reaction. The mode is of extreme denial.
The next stage is anger, frustration, and projection of this frustration on some external factor for this curse. It’s very easy to blame the neighbor who let the mobile towers get installed in his premises for a few bucks. The persona needs to externalize his pent up feelings and his learned sense of impotence to handle the situation.
Next, the patient comes on back foot and is ready to bargain for the sake of his life. He is ready to suffer any pain, ready to loose any physical organ and ready to bear any financial burden for the sake of his life. Saving the life becomes his priority at any cost.
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Then achieved is the state of mourn and solitude. This is realized by now that not much could be done regarding his illness and the death is inevitable. The patient becomes saddened and melancholic. He withdraws from the society and don’t prefer the visitors who just remind him of the approaching death.
After a brief phase of sorrow, the patient develops some sort of emotional stability where he accepts the ultimate reality of approaching death. The positive dynamics of death psychology is being properly grasped by him till now. He is prepared for his heavenly merger and tries to finish his social and financial obligations. He tries to console himself that everyone has to die one day, what if he is vanishing few years ahead.