Religious Coping and Meaning-Making Following Loss of a Loved One

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Overview / Abstract:

About the Webinar:

There is a complex interplay between religious worldviews and how one makes meaning of loss. While both meaning-making and spirituality have been individually associated with bereavement outcome, less is known about the association between meaning-making and specific types of religious coping. In this presentation, we will explore the relation between the use of a variety of religious coping strategies and activities and the extent to which individuals made meaning of a significant loss. This webinar will provide clinicians with a better understanding of how spiritual assumptions are reinforced, allowing meaning to be more easily created within a strengthened belief framework, and, conversely, how to recognize when an individual’s assumptions have been compromised through a crisis of faith, making meaning-making much more of a struggle. Spiritual leaders and others working with individuals experiencing disconnection from their religion will come to see the role of religious-community support and meaning-centered interventions that address the spiritual concerns of grievers.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:

1) Recognize the role of spirituality and meaning-making in bereavement.
2) Differentiate the specific associations between positive and negative religious coping and meaning-making following the loss of a loved one.
3) Appreciate the need for psychospiritual interventions specifically designed to meet the needs of spiritually inclined bereaved individuals.


Dec 31, 2018


Counselor CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE


Online, Seminar


Member $35/ Non-member $50

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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Laurie A. Burke, MS, is a clinical psychology PhD candidate at the University of Memphis, where she is a bereavement researcher studying death, dying, loss and grief. Her recent publications stem from her study of correlates of complicated grief, including negative social interactions, meaning-making, risk factors of complicated grief, and complicated spiritual grief—a spiritual crisis following loss. Her recent projects include: an ongoing examination of the African American grief experience, violent death bereavement, developing and testing an intervention for complicated spiritual grief, and development and validation of the Inventory of Complicated Spiritual Grief (ICSG).

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Psychiatry / Mental Health, Counseling

Keywords / Search Terms

The Association for Death Education and Counseling, Thanatology, Religious Coping and Meaning-Making Following Loss of a Loved One, Laurie Burke, MS Recorded CE Seminar, ADEC

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