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NU-665C-06-23PCFA FamilyPsychiatricMent.Hlth II


Week 14 Discussion 1: Assessing for Grief


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Week 14: Grief and Bereavement

Week 14 Discussion 1: Assessing for Grief

Completion requirements

 Done: Make forum posts: 1

Value:100 points

Due: Create your initial post by Day 4, and reply to at least two of your peers by Day 7.

Grading Category:Discussions

Note: In this type of discussion, you will not see the responses of your classmates until afteryou have posted your own response to the following question.

For this discussion, watch the videos and complete the readings. Select one of the videos to focus on for the discussion.

Initial Post

  • Identify the symptoms of grief in the individual(s) in the video that you watched, taking culture into consideration.
  • Assess if the individual(s) in the video that you watched has a psychiatric illness or if their symptoms are within an adaptive range for grieving for that group/culture.
  • Support and substantiate your information with evidence.


Reply to at least twoof your peers. In your reply posts, debate with at least two peers regarding their decisions. Provide other evidence that suggests their conclusions may be correct or incorrect.

Please refer to the Grading Rubricfor details on how this activity will be graded.

The described expectations meet the passing level of 80%. You are directed to review the Discussion Grading Rubric for criteria which exceed expectations.


This is my peer’s post


Re: Week 14 Discussion 1: Assessing for Grief

by Kendra Pavao – Sunday, 26 November 2023, 3:32 PM


Initial Post

            The video clip I chose to focus on for this week’s discussion is The Grey (Kaman, 2012). There are five stages of grief that include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance (Hamilton, 2016). During this 4-minute and 40-second clip, many symptoms of grief are shown. In this clip, a man is grieving the loss of his female partner. During the clip, he is thinking about his memories with her and at times blaming himself for losing her stating “I’m cursed”, “It’s my bad luck”, and “It’s because of me”. Feeling guilt or blaming oneself for the loss of someone or something is a part of grief that is very common to feel (Lee et al., 2022). Some people turn to substance use while they are grieving which can cause complicated grief (Caparrós & Masferrer, 2021). In this video clip the main actor is at a bar drinking a shot of alcohol while simultaneously thinking about the loss of his partner. The actor is also constantly talking to his partner in his head, this is also a common finding with grief. 

            During the last part of the video, the main character places his sniper riffle to his mouth, indicating he is about to shoot himself in the head in an attempt at suicide. He then has a revelation and does not shoot himself. Suicide ideation and attempts can be driven by grief (Young et al., 2012). Some people feel such a tremendous amount of grief that it makes them no longer want to live on this earth. My assessment of this character is that within this short clip I do not have enough evidence to support a psychiatric diagnosis for him. However, I will say his symptoms seem to be driven by complicated grief. 


Caparrós, B., & Masferrer, L. (2021). Coping Strategies and Complicated Grief in a Substance Use Disorder Sample. Frontiers in psychology11, 624065. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.624065

Hamilton I. J. (2016). Understanding grief and bereavement. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners66(651), 523. https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp16X687325

Kaman, B. (2012). Liam Neeson’s monologue in The Grey [YouTube channel]. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR0tJtEQnnI&t=280s

Lee, S. A., Neimeyer, R. A., Mancini, V. O., & Breen, L. J. (2022). Unfinished business and self-blaming emotions among those bereaved by a COVID-19 death. Death studies46(6), 1297–1306. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2022.2067640

Young, I., Iglewicz, A., Glorioso, D., Lanouette, N., Seay, K., Ilapakurti, M., & Zisook, S. (2012). Suicide bereavement and complicated grief. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience14(2), 177–186. https://doi.org/10.31887/DCNS.2012.14.2/iyoung

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