Original Investigation

Seven Spiritual Tasks of Mourning. Importance of Spiritual Work in Grief

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Jose Carlos Bermejo
Marisa Magaña
Valentin Rodil
Marta Villacieros
Consuelo Santamaria
Keywords:
grief, spirituality, mourning tasks, grief intervention

Abstract

Objective: to conduct a survey on the acceptance of the 7 spiritual tasks of mourning by experts in mourning work, in terms of importance of each of the tasks for grief elaboration and of belonging to the field of spirituality of the person.


Methodology: opinion survey for which a questionnaire was prepared and sent to the database of a centre to be answered online. This centre coordinates a Network of Listening Centres in mourning that annually accompanies around 1,700 people with the collaboration of 277 volunteers. 766 people responded. 77% (588) women, average age was 52 years (SD = 11.4). Time and experience of work and/or learning in grief (companion, experience, training, ignorance of grief) and opinion on the importance of spiritual work in grief (from 1 to 10) were collected). Next, the seven spiritual tasks of mourning were listed together with the request for evaluation.


Results: Importance of spiritual work in grief was evaluated 8.8 (out of 10; SD = 0.2). All tasks, Remembering the grief in a healthy way, Thank and forgive, Celebrate and ritualize, Pray the mourning, To welcome and accept the inheritance and the legacy in a healthy way, Cultivate hope in grief and Projecting oneself creatively and in solidarity in the future were valued above 7.5 regarding the importance of their specific work in the grieving process and 7.4 in terms of belonging to the spiritual domain.


Conclusion: We highlight the importance of the inclusion of the spiritual in mourning work, since the social changes towards individuality have revealed deficiencies in the current models.

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