Grief: When Major Loss Challenges Your Beliefs
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 spirituality.
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.
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