Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Embracing the Darkness: A Hermeneutic Approach to Reimagining Our Relationship With Death
by Wiggins, Mary E., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 57; 13811163
Abstract (Summary)

The work presented in this thesis explores the relationship an individual has to death and how the person can acknowledge death without leaning toward fear. Through a hermeneutic and heuristic approach, this thesis investigates how the reduction of death anxiety can lead to a more fulfilling life. Analyzed are findings presented by existential psychologists, social workers, hospice workers, and the author's own personal experiences in order to gain understanding and connection to a more positive interaction with death and dying. The concept of death anxiety is considered and incorporated into the metaphorical understanding of death concepts. The future implications and potential work for clinical practice and research are discussed throughout.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Owen, Marilyn J.
Commitee: Altman, Avrom, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Philosophy, Social work, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Death and dying, Death anxiety, Existential psychology, Existentialism, Hospice work
Publication Number: 13811163
ISBN: 978-1-392-15064-1
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