Complicated Spiritual Grief: Understanding and Assessing Spiritual Crisis Following Loss
For many bereaved individuals, faith, religion, and spirituality prove supportive and comforting following the loss of a loved one. For others who are grieving, the opposite holds true. Complicated spiritual grief (CSG) is a spiritual crisis following the loss of a loved one in relation to God/and or the mourner's spiritual community. CSG has been shown to exacerbate the bereavement experience for some spiritually inclined grievers. To assess CSG in bereaved adults, a simple-to-use multidimensional measure of spiritual crisis following loss called the Inventory of Complicated Spiritual Grief 2.0 (ICSG 2.0) was developed, validated, and is now being used in both clinical research settings.
The ICSG 2.0 was derived using narrative data from individual research participants and focus groups which revealed 17 specific theme relative to CSG that were not found on the original ICSG. Specifically, participants' overarching narrative was one of resentment and doubt towards God, dissatisfaction with the spiritual support received, and substantial changes in their spiritual beliefs and behaviours following loss. Given the abundance of newly derived knowledge, and the well-substantiated related between CSG and deleterious bereavement outcomes, especially for traumatically bereaved individuals, an enlarged and improved scale was warranted and deemed clinically critical. The measure's clinical and research utility will be discussed, as well as examples of CSG from participants' lived experiences.
This webinar will be most useful for Mental health professionals, clergy, spiritual leaders, grief therapists.
What can participants expect to have learned after attending this webinar:
- Define complicated spiritual grief
- Provide examples of complicated spiritual grief following loss
- Outline the relation between complicated spiritual grief and bereavement distress
- Describe the research and clinical importance of a bereavement-specific measure of complicated spiritual grief.
Laurie A. Burke, PhD., is a licensed clinical psychologist who maintains an active private practice in Portland, OR dedicated to serving grieving individuals, with a primary focus on assisting traumatically bereaved adults - those who are morning the death of a loved one from homicide, suicide, fatal accident, medical malpractice, etc. Her research and publications bear on death, dying loss, and grief processes, with an emphasis on violent death bereavement, complicated grief, and complicated spiritual grief (CSG) - a spiritual crisis following loss reflected in the griever's emotional struggle with God and/or their spiritual community. Dr Burke is a leading expert in the study of complicated spiritual grief and led the development and validation of the Inventory of Complicated Spiritual Grief (ICSG) and its revised version - the ICSG 2.0. She has co-edited a book entitled Exploring Interactions with the Deceased: The Restorative Nature of Ongoing Connections.'
Thursday,18th November 2021.
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