Chapter Four walks through the “Six Stages of Grief” starting from getting a knowledge of what you’re dealing with thru to acceptance.
Being diagnosed with dementia will put you into a state of grief. Greif that the life you thought you had has vanished. Grief that sees the loss of your life as planned to be as dear to you as loss of a loved one.
If you or a loved one is facing dementia you are not alone but getting through this process can not be solved by others. Family and friends can be there for you but in the end the journey is one we each must take.
When you reach acceptance then the support of your family and friends is like a warm blanket that covers you in comfort like you never knew, and you realize you are not alone.
STAGE 1 – KNOWLEDGE ABOUT DEMENTIA
TRYING TO UNDERSTAND DEMENTIA AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES IS THE FIRST THING YOU WILL TRY TO DO. THE MORE YOU DIG INTO THE INTERNET THE MORE DEPRESSES YOU MAY COME. BUT UNLIKE ME I HAVE PROVIDED YOU GOOD RESOURCES TO HELP WITH YOUR KNOWLEDGE IN CHAPTER TEN.
STAGE 2 – DENIAL AND ISOLATION
AT SOME POINT IN YOUR LEARNING ABOUT DEMENTIA YOU WILL REALIZE THAT DEMENTIA IN SOME FOR IS A DEATH SENTENCE, BUT WORSE THAN THAT YOU MAY POSSIBLY LOSS YOU SENSE OF SELF / MEMORY BEFORE THEN, THIS CAN’T HELP YOU FEEL DEPRESSED AND ALONE.
STAGE 3 – ANGER “WHY ME”
ALONG WITH DENIAL COMES ANGER ALTHOUGH IT MAY FEEL LIKE IT IS A BAD THING IT IS NORMAL AND NATURAL, LEARNING HOW NOT TO GET STUCK IN THIS STAGE IS IMPORTANT.
STAGE 4 – BARGAINING
THIS HAPPENS WHEN YOU REALIZE HOW YOUR LIFE AND PLANS HAVE CHANGED AND MOST PEOPLE REACH OUT TO GOD TO MAKE A DEAL.
STAGE 5 – DEPRESSION
THIS IS THE LOW POINT THE SIX STAGES, AND THE TIME WHEN FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN MEAN THE MOST AS LONG AS THEY ARE JUST THERE FOR YOU AND NOT TRING TO SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS.
STAGE 6 – ACCEPTANCE
IN THIS STAGE YOUR FIGHT IS OVER AND FATE IS ACCEPTED, THIS IS WHEN CONNECTING WITH FAMILY AND LOVED ONES CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE.