Human emotions during COVID-19: A lens through Kubler-Ross grief theory

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Community Health Sciences; School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan


The COVID-19 pandemic has constituted an extreme danger to global wellbeing and has become one of the major sources of morbidity and mortality around the world these days. It is quite challenging to accept and adapt to the drastic ongoing changes which have made people suffer from grief. The purpose of this commentary is to outline the Kubler-Ross Grief theory, explain its stages in the light of COVID-19, and consider factors that contribute to good health. It is more useful to examine responses to the pandemic utilizing contextualized grief and trauma aspects than to pathologize those reactions, particularly for those without existing mental health issues. Inability to address the squeezing needs of those encountering grief may bring about poor mental and physical wellbeing. Perceiving the uniqueness of every person and their stage of grief will allow providing individualized measures that encourage smooth adaptation to acceptance and promote psychological wellness and prosperity in this pandemic.


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Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy