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Title: Dealing with Suffering


1
Chapter 5
  • Dealing with Suffering

2
General Terms
  • Grief
  • Deep distress, usually accompanied by sorrow
  •  Mourning
  • A process by which people express their grief
    after the death of a loved one.

3
Psychological Responses to Death
  • Relief
  • Response when someones suffering has been long
    or difficult
  • Shock / surprise
  • Death that is sudden or unexpected

4
General Characteristics
  • Three truths about grief apply to all people
  • grief is a process takes time, varies for each
    person / situation
  • involves whole person physically /
    psychologically / spiritually
  • hard work must work though the pain

5
Grief (cont)
  • Nature of Grief
  • Not just one feeling, but a combination of
    emotions
  • 4 major emotions associated with grief
  • Sorrow
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Guilt

6
Grief Does End
  • Bereavement
  • The entire grieving process, especially
    experienced by someone who has lost a loved one
    to death
  • The process of grieving involves 3 phases
  • The process does end at some point

7
3 phases
  • 1st phase
  • intense grief… especially when death is
    unexpected
  • roller coaster of emotions
  • may withdraw from society
  • 2nd phase
  • transition…
  • still feel loss but are beginning to cope with it
    /begin to recognize that the person is dead
  • most of the work of grieving takes place at this
    time

8
3 Phases (cont)
  • 3rd phase
  • accept loss and take up lives again
  • new friendships
  • realize that the pain is not as intense

9
Dealing with Grief
  • Social Rituals
  • Actions that members of a society perform in
    order to deal with grief
  •  
  • Personal Rituals
  • Varies depending on the person … there is no
    wrong or right way

10
Suggestions for Grief
  • 4 suggestions
  • feel your grief dont run away from it
  • review the past in order to own it and then let
    it go
  • envision your future visualize what might be
  • return to the present anew enter fully into the
    present moment

11
Lazarus
  • John 11 1-44
  • Describe the faith of Martha and Mary
  • What does Jesus go through in this passage?
  • What do we take away from this story as students
    of Death Dying?
  • Key idea
  • Jesus grieves … it is ok for us to grieve

12
Ministry of Consolation
  • 3 persons of the Trinity as consoling
  • Father
  • The father of mercies and the God of all
    consolation
  • Son
  • Ability to change sorrow to joy
  • Spirit
  • As consoler, Advocate and guide

13
Church as Consoling
  • Love of neighbor is inseparable from love of God
  • Follows Two Great Commandments (MT 2234-40) 
  • Comfort the Sorrowful spiritual work of mercy
  • We as the Church, the people of God, have the
    responsibility to help in this process

14
CHAPTER 6
  • The Stages of Death and Dying
  • Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross

15
Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross
  • Psychologist who studied the effects of diseases
    leading to death
  • Argued that everyone goes through 5 stages or
    steps when confronting death

16
5 stages of Death and Dying
  • Each person goes through stages in some way,
    shape, or form
  • Length of stages varies for each person and each
    situation
  • People can move back and forth between stages

17
5 stages of Death and Dying
  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

18
DENIAL
  • No not me. It cant be true
  • One of the stages of dying, in which a person
    refuses to admit the truth of his or her
    condition
  • Sigmund Freud / argued that humans believe in
    their subconscious that they are immortal.
  • Denial of X-rays and diagnoses.
  • Could also be seen in the form of desperate hope

19
ANGER
  • Why couldnt it be him and not me?
  • stage in which a person is indignant about his or
    her approaching death and may seek someone else
    to blame
  • person begins to recognize the severity of the
    situation / lashes out towards others
  • blame God or others as scapegoats / small
    problems become more serious

20
BARGAINING
  • O God, Ill never say another word, if you spare
    me.
  • Stage in which a person tries to buy more time by
    making a deal with God
  • Makes bargain with God
  • Also considered to be unfinished business
  • Person can find strength in hope
  • Bargaining for others (GEN 18 16-32)

21
BIBLE ACTIVITY
  • Gen 18 16-32
  • Why does Abraham bargain with God?
  • What do we learn about God from this passage?
  • In your own life, do you bargain with God?

22
DEPRESSION
  • Im so tired.
  • Stage in which a person becomes sad about his or
    her approaching death and begins to assess his or
    her life
  • Feeling that the fight is useless
  • Physical and emotional defeat
  • Needed at this point affirmation and love from
    friends and family

23
ACCEPTANCE
  • Into your hands, I commend my spirit Im
    ready for the final rest before the long
    journey
  • final stage in which a person accepts death and
    looks forward to future life after
  • death
  • deeply contemplative phase
  • beginning to appreciate life and the past
    experiences
  • Jesus on the cross / Joseph Bernardin

24
Jesus and His death
  • Jesus suffered like we suffered, we dont go
    through suffering alone
  • Jesus as a role model and a companion to the
    dying
  • Demonstrated in the Gospels

25
Gospel Understandings
  • John
  • Highly theological text relfection based on
    previous texts
  • Jesus in complete control and aware of the events
    leading to his death
  • Synoptics
  • Matthew, Mark, and Luke
  • Seen with the same eyes
  • Present similar images of the death of Jesus

26
Synoptic Prefigurements
  • Matthews prefigurement
  • Coming of the Magi gift of myrrh
  • Post-Baptism Temptation in desert
  • Luke and the Suffering Servant
  • Quotation from Isaiah
  • Jesus had knowledge of his death

27
Passion Predictions
  • Mt. 1621
  • Mt. 1722-23
  • Mt. 2017-19

28
Lukes Passion
  • Luke 22 29-46 / 23 26-49
  • How are the three predictions of the Passion
    realized in the section?
  • How is the humanity of Jesus expressed in the
    selection?
  • What examples of any of the stages is present?

29
Psalm 22 and Jesus
  • Psalm 22
  • My God, My God, why have you forsaken me ….
  • Not depression, but a form of prayer.
  • Jesus approached his death with faith, hope, and
    love

30
Reconciliation
  • 4 main parts
  • Contrition
  • Being truly sorry for our sins
  • Confession
  • Taking ownership by telling them to a priest
  • Penance
  • Actions to repair damage caused by our sins
  • Absolution
  • The priest acting in persona Christi extends
    Gods peace

31
Requirements
  • Honest sorrow for sins
  • Receive sacrament at least once a year or in the
    state of mortal sin
  • THE CATCH
  • If we ask for forgiveness we must forgive others
    (Our Father)
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