Adult Development and Aging-Psychology

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PSY-358 Adult Development and Aging

Grieving and Death

Directions: In 75-150 words explain the various mourning and coping mechanisms outline in the chart below. List references, in proper APA formatting, below. *Note: The “Protective factors” column will be where you identify things that can help a person through the grieving process. A support system is a great example. It might help to think of them as factors that help with coping or healthy adjustment, i.e. factors that will possibly protect a person from complicated (prolonged) grief.

  Typical Grief Responses Factors that might complicate bereavement

(e.g., age, timing)

Signs of complicated bereavement Protective factors
Death of child        
Death of male spouse        
Death of female spouse        
Death of parent        
Death of a friend        
Death of pet        


In 100-250 words, answer the following questions:

  • What key factors are shown to complicate the bereavement process? How do we know if someone’s process is being stunted (e.g., symptoms)?
  • What are the factors associated with bereavement among elderly men? Why might husbands and wives mourn differently?
  • Select a cultural or religious view on death and dying. Describe the view from the culture or religion on death and/or dying.

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