Psychology & Spirituality Lectures
Grief and the Quest for Meaning
Presented by: Dr. Robert A. Neimeyer, Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis
Friday, February 23, 2018
Death and loss may not be optional in human life, but how we make meaning of such difficult times is. This workshop examines a new way of doing grief work that helps the bereaved process and integrate the “event story” of the death while validating the “back story” of the love relationship with the deceased. Viewing bereavement as a spiritual as well as psychological narrative, participants explore the shattering, retelling, reconstructing, integrating, and extending of the survivor’s ongoing life story and distinguish between adaptive grieving and complicated and prolonged grieving. A particular focus will be on complicated spiritual grief—that is, grief in which believers struggle with a sense of insecurity, anger, and distance in relation to God and the faith community.
Dr. ROBERT A. NEIMEYER is Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. In his writings and workshops, he advances a theory of grieving as a meaning-making process. He has authored nearly 500 articles and book chapters, published 28 books, and received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and the International Network of Personal Meaning for his contributions to grief therapy and the study of narrative reconstruction
Co-sponsored with Lehigh Valley Psychological & Counseling Association (LVPCA)—approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for psychologists. LVPCA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. If the lecture is canceled, registration fees will be refunded.
There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be reasonably construed as conflict of interest.