Denial - This is the “No not me” stage, which usually occurs when a person is first told of a terminal illness. The person cannot accept the reality of death or the person feels that loved ones cannot accept the truth.
Anger – This occurs when the person is no longer able to deny death and may strike out against others or become hostile or bitter. Statements like “why me?” are common.
Bargaining – The person has accepted death but wants more time to live. He/she may make promises to God for more time. The will to live is very strong at this time and patients fight hard to achieve goals.
Depression – This occurs when the person realizes death will come and he/she will no longer be able to be with his/her families or be able to complete some of his/her goals. He/she may experience overwhelming despair and/or great sadness.
Acceptance– This is the final stage.
Match the definitions in the right column to the words in the left column. Place the correct letter beside the number in the left column. ___1. Adolescence A. Refusal to eat, usually seen in adolescent females
___2. Alzheimer’s disease B. Commonly called a stroke ___3. Anorexia nervosa C. Life stage with most conflict ___4. Arteriosclerosis D. Stages of growth and development ___5. Bulimia E. Episodes of binge eating followed by purging
___6. CVA F. Happens in mid or late adulthood with memory loss
___7. Infancy G. A buildup of fat in the arteries ___8. Late adulthood H. Cessation of the menstrual cycle in middle adulthood