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Accepting Death as Part of Life: Meaning in Life as a Means for Dealing With Loss Among Bereaved Individuals

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the 3 dimensions of death acceptance (i.e., neutral, approach, and escape) and grief symptomatology, as well as whether the relationship between neutral acceptance and grief symptoms was mediated by meaning in life. Data were collected from 160 bereaved individuals. Only neutral acceptance was significantly associated with grief symptomatology; the relationship between the 2 variables was mediated by meaning in life. Participants who perceived death as a natural part of life reported having a greater sense of meaning in their lives, which, in turn, predicted lower grief symptomatology.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, USA 2: Department of Counseling and School Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Publication date: January 2, 2015

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