The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 72
Sandra Phillips of
Sue Ranson of Good Samaritan: "When someone
dies, there is grief, and when someone is dying,
there is grief."
Hospice: "There as
many different ways
[to grieve] as there
ed. It is: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
A recent Dana-Farber Cancer Institute study shows "that
disbelief was highest initially, yearning for the deceased
peaked at four months ...,
anger at five months ..., and
depression at six months ...
Acceptance of the person's
death was high and grew over
the two-year study period."
72 | MAY/JUNE 2016
The death of a loved one can
be slow and tediously painful
or it can be as sudden and final
as a lightning strike. Regardless, it is memorable in ways
that tend to be permanent.
Sue Ranson, CEO of Good
Samaritan Hospice in Roanoke, puts it into perspective:
"When a loved one is dying,
friends-experiences what we