The purpose of the qualitative study was to explore experiences with spiritual grief following the loss of a loved one among individuals who identify as religious, spiritual and/or a churchgoer. Semi-structured and opened-ended interviews were used with 10 participants recruited using the snowball sampling method. All participants in the study experienced spiritual grief following the passing of a family member or friend. Findings suggest that the degree of spiritual grief may be determined by circumstances surrounding the death, the type of relationship with the deceased and the quality of the relationship. Findings also revealed that the majority of participants felt that their religious and spiritual faith matured and grew after experiencing loss. Social workers can play a key role by (1) becoming competent with spiritual grief, (2) becoming more competent with spiritual and religious beliefs and (3) educating the community on effective support for grieving individuals.
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Wilson, Steve|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Bereavement, Grief, Loss, Religiosity, Spiritual grief, Spirituality|
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