Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2018

Department 1

First Year Seminar

Department 2

Religious Studies


Death has always been a taboo subject. However, it is impossible for anyone to avoid death in terms of their loved ones or their own mortality. Therefore it is impossible to avoid the at times overbearing emotion of grief. Grief can be exposed in the light of someone passing, loss of a relationship, diminishing health, loss of a job, and even loss in athletic ability. There is no singular reason for grief to be present, nor are there simple and straightforward ways to cope and move forward. Grief on the individual and universal scale has no time frame. It is helpful to try to understand the emotions that are linked with grief, specifically the ones demonstrated in the Kübler-Ross Model and the lack of complete control in the mourning process. Children compared to adults respond differently to grief and their comprehension of the end of life is not always the same. Therefore, grief in childhood and adolescence has a multitude of differentiating factors in comparison to grief in adulthood.


Written for FYS 150: Death and the Meaning of Life and presented at the 2019 Celebration of Academic First-Year Engagement Symposium.

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