Religious responses in coping with spousal bereavement

John H. Spreadbury and Peter G. Coleman

in Belief and ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424600
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301530 | DOI:
Religious responses in coping with spousal bereavement

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This chapter focuses on the role of belief during the experience of loss in later life. It clarifies this issue by means of case illustrations of those aspects of Christian faith and practice that appear to be particularly beneficial. These include the opportunities for engagement in religious ritual and the opportunities that religious organisations provide for shaping a new identity following loss of spouse. It notes that the doctrines of Christianity and the consolation provided by key passages in the Bible are also important resources to which bereaved persons can turn.

Keywords: spousal bereavement; Christian faith; Christian practice; religious ritual; religious organisations; identity; Christianity; Bible

Chapter.  8310 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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