A major loss can challenge your sense of certainty in your belief
system and religious faith. You may find yourself examining many of your values
and beliefs, including the purpose of life, death, suffering, and whether there
is a higher power. Alternately, you may gain comfort, courage, and hope from
your religious beliefs during this time.
It is important to distinguish between religion and
There are some ways you can help yourself when you are questioning
the purpose of life, death, and suffering.
If you or someone you know is having trouble addressing religious or
spiritual questions that arise while
grieving, talk with a clergy person or a licensed
counselor, social worker, or psychologist. Pastoral counseling, which combines
the spiritual expertise of a member of the clergy with the skills of a licensed
counselor, may be helpful. You can also ask your local librarian to recommend books that can help address your spiritual questions.
October 17, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry
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