Spiritual and religious issues in the aftermath of suicide

Castelli Dransart, Dolores Angela (Haute école de travail social HETS Fribourg, HES-SO)

Introduction: Spirituality and religion have only been marginally investigated in the experiences of the bereaved by suicide (or survivors of suicide). Aim: This article directly addresses two questions: In what way was spirituality or religion an issue for survivors of suicide? How were they helpful (or not) during their reconstruction process? Method: Research involved qualitative studies, carried out in Switzerland with 50 survivors of suicide using in depth-interviews. Data were analyzed according to grounded theory principles. Results: Suicide triggered questioning mainly about the afterlife of the deceased and of how transcendency relates to agency and responsibility in the suicidal act. Spiritual or religious issues play an important role in the process of reconstruction for survivors, notably in meaning-making and responsibility-clarifying processes, in forging a continuing bond with the deceased and in honoring their life and memory. Nevertheless, this role is complex and can either support or make the recovery difficult (or both). Conclusion: Mental health and social care professionals may support survivors’ resilience and their reconstruction process by valuing the constructive aspects of their spiritual and religious experiences and by taking into account the spiritual


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Travail social
Branch:
Travail social
School:
HETS-FR
Institute:
Département de Recherche appliquée et développement de la HETS-FR
Subject(s):
Travail social
Date:
2018-05
Pagination:
19 p.
Published in:
Religions
Numeration (vol. no.):
2018, vol. 9, no. 5
DOI:
ISSN:
2077-1444
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