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Spirituality and Religiosity during Suicide Bereavement: A Qualitative Systematic Review

Suicide Research Centre, Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University, 01513 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Religions 2021, 12(9), 766; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12090766
Received: 5 August 2021 / Revised: 3 September 2021 / Accepted: 10 September 2021 / Published: 15 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and the Stigma of Suicide)
A loved one’s loss to suicide can be a traumatic experience and trigger a difficult grief process, identity changes, a loss of the sense of meaning and a spiritual crisis. Spirituality and/or religiosity (S/R) can be both an important resource and a source of stigmatisation during suicide bereavement. This study aims to synthesise the extant findings about S/R during suicide bereavement in qualitative studies. After an exhaustive selection of articles, the current review utilised a total of 484 citations and seven studies. A thematic synthesis yielded five major themes related to S/R during suicide bereavement: the need to be helped by the religious community without being judged; S/R-related experience of the deceased as a figure who continues to exist; S/R experienced without a conscious choice; conscious reach towards S/R themes; not relating to S/R during suicide bereavement. These findings indicate that the role of S/R during suicide bereavement is complex and varies from providing help to serving as a source of suffering. Hence, practitioners and religious communities should be mindful of the S/R themes during suicide bereavement. View Full-Text
Keywords: spirituality; religiosity; suicide bereavement; stigmatisation spirituality; religiosity; suicide bereavement; stigmatisation
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Čepulienė, A.A.; Pučinskaitė, B.; Spangelytė, K.; Skruibis, P.; Gailienė, D. Spirituality and Religiosity during Suicide Bereavement: A Qualitative Systematic Review. Religions 2021, 12, 766. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12090766

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Čepulienė AA, Pučinskaitė B, Spangelytė K, Skruibis P, Gailienė D. Spirituality and Religiosity during Suicide Bereavement: A Qualitative Systematic Review. Religions. 2021; 12(9):766. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12090766

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Čepulienė, Austėja A., Beata Pučinskaitė, Katryna Spangelytė, Paulius Skruibis, and Danutė Gailienė. 2021. "Spirituality and Religiosity during Suicide Bereavement: A Qualitative Systematic Review" Religions 12, no. 9: 766. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12090766

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