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depression

de·pres·sion

/diˈpreSHən/

Noun

One of the five stages of death and dying created by medical ethicist Elizabeth Kübler-Ross. During the fourth stage, the patient recognizes that death is certain. Because of this, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time crying and grieving. This process allows the dying person to disconnect himself from love and affection. It is not recommended to attempt to cheer an individual up that is in this stage. It is an important time for grieving that must be experienced and processed.