Spirituality and bereavement: Coping with the death of a child with a life limiting condition within a spiritual framework.
This process can include individuals turning to God seeking support, solace and direction, finding in God comfort and protection. This paper reviews an orthodox family’s bereavement journey following the death of a child with a life limiting condition (N=6; mother, father, four well siblings, ages 12-28). Religious/spiritual tones and themes are highlighted and considered from the perspective of multiple family members. The family’s in-depth, open-ended and audio-taped interviews are drawn from a larger Australian qualitative study of 91 family members’ (29 family units) experiences of caring for a child with a life-limiting condition. Implications for this family’s bereavement journey are examined in the context of how use of a spiritual paradigm can consolidate and/or undermine a family’s capacity to resolve grief.