Making Sense of Senseless Tragedy

Grieve Well

Of all the factors researchers have identified over the last 20 years or so as having some kind of effect on grief, meaning-making may be the most important, or at least the best-studied. Again and again, evidence suggests that people who uncover some kind of meaning in a loss experience less severe and prolonged symptoms of grief than those who don’t find any  meaning.

For instance, a study published in 2003 looked at parents who’d lost a child to accident, suicide or homicide. The researchers assessed parents’ grief symptoms four times over a five-year period  beginning four months after the loss. They also looked at whether survivors had discovered any kind of meaning in the loss. Researchers summarized: “Parents who found meaning in the deaths of their children reported significantly lower scores on mental distress, higher marital satisfaction, and better physical health than parents who were unable to find meaning.”

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About Sue Rosenbloom, M.A., C.T.

Thanatologist: Loss and Grief Coach - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007)- Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimers and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Marylhurst Gerontolgy Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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