Course Reflection Essay Assignment – Adulthood, Aging, and Adjustment to Death

Course Reflection Essay Assignment – Adulthood, Aging, and Adjustment to Death

Course Reflection Essay Assignment – Adulthood, Aging, and Adjustment to Death

Course Reflection Essay Assignment

Discussion—Course Reflection: Adulthood, Aging, and Adjustment to Death

At the end of life, there are a number of important considerations for both the dying person and his/her

family. The person’s wishes for end-of-life care should be considered, for example. It is also important to

examine the process of death and dying, as this too, is a developmental stage. To tackle this issue, we

will examine the Kubler-Ross model of adjustment to death. You will also have an opportunity to discuss

with your fellow students your thoughts about adult development and aging.

Use your module readings and online library resources to research the Kubler-Ross model of adjustment

to death.

You need to complete both parts of this assignment.

Part I

Select a person in the news or on the Internet, or a fictional character in a book. For the selected person,

use your research on the Kubler-Ross model of adjustment to death to address the following:

o How did that individual adjust to death? How well did the adjustment fit the Kubler-Ross theory?

o What changes would you make to the Kubler-Ross theory based on your example?

Part II

Identify one topic from this course that has changed your thinking about adult development and aging.

Answer the following:

o What do you know now that you did not know before?

o How will you use this knowledge in your future personal or professional life?

Support your arguments with research, citing sources.

Write your initial response in a total of 1–2 paragraphs. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

 

Discussion—Course Reflection: Adulthood, Aging, and Adjustment to Death

I am a big fan of Harry Potter, and in every book of the series I used to get scared that he is going

to die. In the final book of the series, he dies a temporary death. When he feels that death is

inevitable, and he has to save his loved ones he accepts his death. He just has acceptance, “I

can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it” (Kubler -Ross Model). It is not like he is devoid of

emotions, but he accepts death because he feels that it was his destiny to die at the hands of Lord

Voldemort. The adjustment fits the fifth stage of Kubler-Ross Model, but Harry Potter does not

go through the other stages.

Based on my example, I don’t feel any changes are required to the Kubler-Ross theory because

the theory covers most of the possible stages and clearly states that all individuals may not

experience the same stages in the same order. I just wish the theory could have covered the death

stages of religious people, do they also follow the same stages or the love of God keeps them

always prepared for death?

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