Mortal losses, vital gains: The role of spirituality

Hutch, Richard A. (2000) Mortal losses, vital gains: The role of spirituality. Journal of Religion and Health, 39 4: 329-337. doi:10.1023/A:1010309002167

Author Hutch, Richard A.
Title Mortal losses, vital gains: The role of spirituality
Journal name Journal of Religion and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4197
Publication date 2000-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1023/A:1010309002167
Volume 39
Issue 4
Start page 329
End page 337
Total pages 9
Editor Ann Ulanov
David Leeming
Place of publication The Netherlands
Publisher Kluwer Academic/Human Sciences Press
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
440208 Psychology of Religion
780107 Studies in human society
Abstract Grief and its management constitute the general topic of this paper. A personal dynamic of reframing is articulated and defined as a major experiential source of human spirituality. The argument is that exercises in the comparative free association of loss activate dynamic refraining amidst mourning and its associated work of depression. Counselling that involves imagining worse case scenarios may invoke conventional religious belief and practice as constructive tactics of make-believe, ones that actually enlarge perspective and cast past losses into widening horizons of future gains. In effect, human spirituality is an individual's achieved capacity to affirm time and again that his or her great personal losses could have been far worse, in spite of the emotional turmoil and woe surrounding such events.
Keyword Religion
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Q-Index Code C1

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