Book Of Job Essay

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Comparison and Contrasting of the Book of Job and the 5 Stages of Grief by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Candie R. Cuneo
Grand Canyon University
Spirituality in Healthcare
HLT 310 V
Vernon Meyer
October 08, 2010

Comparison and Contrasting of the Book of Job and the 5 Stages of Grief by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Have people only been able to progress through the stages of grief since 1969 when Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross put a name to the model of processing grief or have people been doing it since the beginning of time? As this paper progresses I will introduce you to a Bible story of a man who was made to suffer incredible losses in his life and how he progressed ...view middle of the document...

Third he lost his good health (2:18). Most mortals might curse God if any one of the three occurred but Job did not do so when all three occurred in short succession.
Stage 2 of the grief model is anger, where one usually manifest’s some type of anger at oneself or towards others and often towards God. This is a defense mechanism used in order to keep a person detached from the situation. Job 1:20-22, 2:10, shows Job to be an ever faithful loving servant of God and he does not direct any anger towards God. Instead he makes a point by praising the Lord’s name. (Job, 3:1-26) Instead Job directs anger inwards toward himself and curses the day in which he was born, “May the day of my birth perish, and the night it was said, ‘A boy is born!’ (Job 3:3).
According to Dr. Kubler-Ross’ model stage 3, is the bargaining stage. Job does not enter into this stage despite the plea of his wife to “curse God and die!” Job 2:9 he merely just replies “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?” (Job 2:10). Job does not bargain with God, in fact when God speaks to him out of the whirlwind in Job 38 and 39, Job replies in Job 40:4-5, “Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to Thee? I lay my hand on my mouth.” “Once I have spoken and I will not answer; Even twice and I will add no more.”
Stage 4 of Dr. Kubler-Ross’ grief model is depression, the willing act of withdrawing from ones actions in life. Job 2:11 describes Job’s with drawl and his own form of depression that finds him sitting on the ground for seven days and nights. Even the company of his friends was not enough to entice him to acknowledge them or interact with them as he once had. For seven days Job and his friends kept silent.
Stage 5 is the final stage within the grief model. For healthy grieving to occur a person needs to come to some form of acceptance of the situation, circumstances or diagnosis. Each person attains this stage at a different time frame. Some never attain this stage of grief. For some the loss they have experienced is too much to ever accept and their grave without ever having completed this stage. Job 42:7-16 finds that Job has learned that he can live again after his conversation with God; he is once again provided with wealth and prosperity and again is able to become a father of ten more children, seven sons and three daughters. Job has moved on in his life completing the stage of acceptance.
Dr. Kubler-Ross’s theory on the stages of grief laid a foundation for scholars and others who work with people who grieve to analyze and to work therapeutically with those who morn. This theory is very sequential and linear where one stage neatly transitions into the next stage so that in healthy grief a person should move from shock and denial to acceptance within a set timeframe. Grief however is not always so sequential and linear. Those who grieve can move back and forth through the stages of the grief...

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