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ERIC Number: EJ917331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
Ghosts, Meaning, and Faith: After-Death Communications in Bereavement Narratives
Kwilecki, Susan
Death Studies, v35 n3 p219-243 2011
After-death communications (ADCs) are reported encounters with a deceased loved one, a contemporary type of ghost experience heralded as therapeutic in coping with bereavement. Pertinent literature generally illustrates the healing power of ADCs with brief, self-contained episodes. The functions of ADCs over the course of grief need exploration. To that end, this article analyzes 20 published book-length autobiographical stories of bereavement in which authors report ADCs. Two functional patterns are identified--instantaneous relief from painful grief symptoms and reinforcement of a consoling religious worldview. The second dynamic links ADCs to meaning-making and religious coping within Christian and Spiritualist frameworks. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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