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Spiritual Distress in Bereavement: Evolution of a Research Program

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dc.contributor.author Burke, Laurie
dc.contributor.author Neimeyer, Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-08T22:14:08Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-08T22:14:08Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Burke, Laurie; Neimeyer, Robert. (2014). Spiritual Distress in Bereavement: Evolution of a Research Program. Religions: 5 (4),1087-1115. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/5/4/1087/htm
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/671
dc.description.abstract Abstract: Many mourners turn to their spiritual beliefs and traditions when confronted by the death of a loved one. However, prior studies have either focused primarily on the benefits of faith following loss or studied spiritual struggle outside the context of bereavement. Moreover, scales to measure bereavement-related crises of faith and interventions specifically designed for spiritually inclined, distressed grievers are virtually non-existent. Our program of research, which to date has consisted of working with Christian grievers and is outlined below, elucidates complicated spiritual grief (CSG) -- spiritual crisis following the loss of a loved one. For example, our longitudinal examination of 46 African American homicide survivors established the relation between positive religious coping, CSG, and complicated grief (CG), to clarify whether religious coping more strongly predicted bereavement distress or vice versa, with a follow-up study that determined the relation between religious coping and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. We replicated and expanded these findings with a diverse sample of 150 grievers to explore the complex relation between CSG, CG, and meaning making in a comparison study of mourners who had experienced traumatic-versus natural death losses. In a companion study, we qualitatively analyzed 84 grievers' narratives and interviewed a 5-member focus group to capture and learn from their firsthand experiences of spiritual distress. To close the gap in terms of CSG assessment, we also developed and validated the Inventory of Complicated Spiritual Grief (ICSG). Currently, our ongoing CSG investigation extends in several directions: first, to a sample of family members anticipating the loss of their hospice-eligible loved one in palliative care; and, second, to the development and testing of a writing-intensive intervention for newly bereaved, spiritually inclined grievers. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) en_US
dc.subject Research Overview en_US
dc.subject Gaps in Research en_US
dc.subject Research Review en_US
dc.subject Grief en_US
dc.subject Alternative Healing Methods en_US
dc.subject Resilience en_US
dc.subject Protective Factors en_US
dc.subject Risk Factors en_US
dc.subject Co-Victim en_US
dc.subject Secondary Victimization en_US
dc.subject Secondary Traumatic Stress en_US
dc.subject Violent Crime en_US
dc.subject Murder en_US
dc.subject Screening Tool en_US
dc.title Spiritual Distress in Bereavement: Evolution of a Research Program en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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