Loss and the Quest for Meaning and Growth

ABSTRACT

Commonplace understandings of grief and the majority of psychological research focus on the range of negative emotions, negative health impacts and negative life changes that bereavement brings in its wake. But does the prospect of enduring psychological devastation following the death of a loved one mean that growth after loss and trauma is unlikely? This article by Robert A. Neimeyer, a leading scholar in the field, explores meaning reconstruction and an appreciative perspective as ways to find meaning when challenged by loss.

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Author: Robert A. Neimeyer

Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, and maintains an active coaching practice. Neimeyer has published over 500 journal articles and book chapters as well as 30 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy, and serves as editor of Death Studies. He is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process.

Contact: neimeyer@portlandinstitute.org

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