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ERIC Number: EJ949648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1364-436X
Social Practices of Encountering Death: A Discussion of Spiritual Health in Grief and the Significance of Worldview
Sagberg, Sturla; Roen, Ingebrigt
International Journal of Children's Spirituality, v16 n4 p347-360 2011
This article presents cases from informal situations of grief and a project called "I and death". These cases suggest that different worldviews affect the process of grief, and that children often do not get the support they need in terms of spiritual care. This affects attitudes towards grief in adulthood. Social practices of encountering death are discussed in the light of theories of spirituality, grief, mastery and the meaning of secularity. It is claimed that hospital practice strongly affirms the significance of interpersonal closeness, a combination of order and love, and the need to identify salutogenic factors in society. The discussion also seems to support the initial position that social practices of grief are worldview-dependent, and should be explored as to their spiritual significance. (Contains 1 figure and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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