RECOVERING OUR LOST SAINTS

A CURRENT THEORY OF LOSS AND ITS CHRISTIAN EXPRESSION

Authors

  • Tom Gordon Marie Curie Hospice Edinburgh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v7i2.28

Keywords:

death and bereavement

Abstract

While faith and a spiritual perspective offer hope and reassurance in bereavement, not all Christians find that their faith gives them the framework they need in their loss and for some it may serve to slow down or disrupt the grief process. However, taking current grief theories, and applying them to a realistic theology, and in particular the concept of the communion of saints, has the potential to allow the Christian to grieve in a healthy way while continuing to hold to principles and beliefs informed by their faith.

Author Biography

Tom Gordon, Marie Curie Hospice Edinburgh

Tom Gordon is chaplain and co-facilitator of the bereavement service in the Marie Curie Hospice Edinburgh.

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Published

2013-04-10

How to Cite

Gordon, T. (2013). RECOVERING OUR LOST SAINTS: A CURRENT THEORY OF LOSS AND ITS CHRISTIAN EXPRESSION. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 28-33. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v7i2.28

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