Grieving for myself: the silence and spirituality of personal loss

Bridges, Ruth ORCID logoORCID: (2017) Grieving for myself: the silence and spirituality of personal loss. In: Gubi, Peter Madsen, (ed.) What counsellors and spiritual directors can learn from each other: ethical practice, training and supervision. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, UK, pp. 103-119. Full text not available from this repository.

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This chapter began 25 years ago in the intensive care unit of a small general hospital in the North West of England. I was 23, recovering from an emergency hysterectomy as a complication of childbirth, and I was in shock. I was also learning, although I did not realise it at the time, how to listen to the pain, loss and grief of others. Illness presents a uniquely intimate experience of loss, and facing death through illness is a uniquely intimate experience of grief. This chapter considers those for whom a diagnosis of significant or life-threatening illness has provoked a sharp realisation of their mortality and who, thereafter, live with an acutely conscious awareness of their dying.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781785920257
Departments: Academic Departments > Nursing, Health & Professional Practice (NHPP)
Additional Information: Chapter 6 within book.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 12:41
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 11:05
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