Mourning and meaning

Title

Mourning and meaning

Creator

Neimeyer RA; Prigerson HG; Davies B

Publisher

American Behavioral Scientist

Date

2002

Subject

Grief; bereavement; mourning

Description

Viewed in an expanded frame, the phenomena of grief and bereavement call for analysis in sociological, psychological, and psychiatric terms. In this article, the authors argue that a common theme in these accounts is that of the meaning of loss as expressed in both individual and collective attempts at adaptation. At a societal level, communal rituals, discursive practices, and local cultures provide resources for integrating the significance of loss for survivors and regulating the emotional chaos of bereavement. At an individual and interpersonal level, survivors struggle to assimilate the loss into their existing self-narratives, which are sometimes profoundly challenged by traumatic bereavement. Complicated grief can therefore be viewed as the inability to reconstruct a meaningful personal reality, an outcome to which individuals with insecure working models of self and relationships are especially vulnerable. Nonetheless, evidence suggests that grief can promopt personal growth as well as despair, augmenting rather than only reducing the survivor's sense of meaning.
2002

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

235-251

Issue

2

Volume

46

Citation

Neimeyer RA; Prigerson HG; Davies B, “Mourning and meaning,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 31, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12737.

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