Discussion Personal Analysis of a Major Loss

Discussion Personal Analysis of a Major Loss

Discussion Personal Analysis of a Major Loss


Background: We are all survivors of some type of loss.  Everyone in this class has experienced some type of loss and accompanying grief.  Besides death of a significant other, there are many other types of losses that produce grief.  The purpose of this project is to analyze a loss you have experienced by using concepts you have learned in this course.


Listed below are examples of losses that you may write about:


1.     The death of someone important to you:

–   A parent, child, sibling, spouse, or other relative

–   A close friend or someone you were romantically involved with.

–   Someone famous that meant a lot to you.


2.     The loss of a relationship through:

–   betrayal, divorce, separation, or desertion

–   kidnapping, murder, or disappearance

–   mental illness

–   substance abuse


3.     The loss of a job (yours or someone you depended on for support)

4.     Moving away from home, becoming homeless, becoming a refugee.

5.     Loss of physical capacity or ability through illness, accident, the aging process.

6.     The loss of a pet (through death, ran away, was stolen, etc.)

7.     Loss of something valuable to you (home/property destroyed by fire, flood, natural disaster)

8.     Loss of or denial of membership in a group that was important to you.

9.     Loss of respect for, or sense of betrayal by a person, organization, or group that you had previously held in high esteem.  Loss of your reputation.

10.  Loss of trust in others, or loss of self-esteem due to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.


Directions: Please Use These Sub-Headers


Part 1: Description of the loss event.  2-3 pages in length.  Write this from the 3rd person point of view to describe the events.


Part 2: The Reactions to the Loss:Again, write this from the 3rd person point of view.  Use concepts from the text and your class notes to describe the reaction to the loss.  Do this in 2-3 pages, double-spaced.  Use the APA format to cite specific concepts from the text.


Questions to consider when writing Part 2:

1.     When he/she experienced this loss, what emotions, feelings, thought, and physical symptoms did the person experience?

2.     How did this loss affect the person mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, socially?


3.     Did the person’s reactions to this loss mirror any of the theories of grief in the text?

If yes, describe the similarities.  If not, describe the differences.


Part 3: The Current Status. 2-3 pages.  Switch to 1st person for this section.  Describe how you feel now.  How have your feelings, thoughts, reactions changed over time? How has your life changed due to the loss?  What did you learn from this?

Be sure to use concepts from chapters 9, 10, and 11 of the text, a website, class notes, magazine article, other book.  Use APA format.


Formatting Instructions:

1.     Title page with your name, class name, class number, assignment name, and date.

2.     Double-spaced. 1” margins on all sides.  12-point font size.  Number pages in top right hand corner.

3.     Make sure you have three separate sections: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3.

4.     Sections 2 & 3 must include connections to concepts found in chapters 9, 10, and 11, a web site that talks about grief/bereavement, or magazine articles, or other book. You should have a minimum of four references, or two for each of sections 2 and 3.

5.     Use APA style to cite the text or other sources that you use.

6.     Include a reference page that lists the sources that you have cited in the text.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes. Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages. Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor. The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.