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TitleFinding Meaning in Loss: A Narrative Constructivist Contribution
Author(s)Alves, Daniela
Neimeyer R. A.
Batista, João
Gonçalves, Miguel M.
Grief therapy
Meaning reconstruction
Meaning in loss protocol
Issue date2018
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
CitationAlves, D., Neimeyer, R. A., Batista, J., & Gonçalves, M. M. (2018). Finding Meaning in Loss: A Narrative Constructivist Contribution. In Clinical Handbook of Bereavement and Grief Reactions (pp. 161-187). Humana Press, Cham
Abstract(s)Bereavement, understood as the loss of a significant person through death, can challenge the mourner’s self-narrative in a way that requires active meaning reconstruction to revise or reinstate a sense of significance and security. When this natural process of making sense of the death and one’s life in its aftermath is complicated, meaning-oriented therapy can help to reconstruct a self-narrative that integrates the loss while also affirming the value of life. In this chapter, we address two narrative processes playing a central role in narrative change in the course of bereavement: the processing of the event story of loss and the accessing of the back story of the relationship to the deceased. We then outline a Meaning in Loss therapy protocol that encompasses distinct but complementary narrative-constructivist techniques, and illustrate its application in a case study
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