“Broken Together”: Spirituality and Religion as Coping Strategies for Couples Dealing with the Death of a Child: A Literature Review with Clinical Implications
Couples, Death of a child, Spirituality/religion, Emotionally focused couple therapy
The death of a child is an event that can fall into the category of uncontrollable life events, testing the limits of the ability to control of bereaved parents. The literature reviewed showed that religious/spiritual coping is a unique way of coping and may be particularly important for couples who have lost a child. When assessing the couples’ coping strategies, marital therapists would be wise to look for religious/spiritual mechanisms that can be employed in the therapeutic process. Furthermore, the reviewers propose Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (Johnson, 2004, The practice of emotionally focused couple therapy: Creating connection, Routledge, New York) as well suited for helping couples grieving the death of their child.
Original Publication Citation
Ungureanu, I., & Sandberg, J.G. (2010). “Broken Together”: Spirituality and religion as coping strategies for couples dealing with the death of a child: A literature review with clinical implications. Contemporary Family Therapy, 32(3), 302-319.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Ungureanu, Ileana and Sandberg, Jonathan G., "“Broken Together”: Spirituality and Religion as Coping Strategies for Couples Dealing with the Death of a Child: A Literature Review with Clinical Implications" (2010). All Faculty Publications. 2446.
Contemporary Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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