The Spiritual Lives of Bereaved Parents

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Psychology Press, 1999 - 229 strán (strany)

This book describes how parents lose, find, or relocate spiritual anchors after the death of their child. It describes how ordinary people reconstruct their lives after their foundations have shifted, and how they make sense of their world after one of their centers of meaning has been removed.

Klass grounds his descriptions of spirituality in his scholarly study of comparative religions, and in his two decades studying the lives of bereaved parents. He argues that continuing bonds with their dead children can give parents a new transcendent reality. Deceased children, like saints or bodhisattvas, can offer a bridge between the profane and sacred worlds, support parents as they find meaning in a world made forever poorer, and bind together a community adequate to parents' grief.

The book reports Klass's clinical practice and his work as advisor to a bereaved parents self-help support group.

 

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The Aftermath of Spiritual Storms
1
The Spiritual Aspects of Parents Grief
15
Community and the Transformation
45
Comfort within Devastation
94
Finding Order in the Universe
126
Implications for Professionals Who Want
166
A Web of Bonds and Meanings
174
Healing is within Community
181
Optimism Pessimisim and the American
194
Conclusion
202
References
219
Index
225
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