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Pastoral Care for the Grieving
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[German Version]

The grieving suffer from the loss of persons, or meaningful parts of life that they valued (e.g. work, health, home, ideals). The nature and circumstances of the loss vary greatly, and equally varied are the pastoral care situations. “The grieving process” (Spiegel) is neither uniform nor straightforward. Phases of shock and protest, scrutiny, regression, and adaptation intersect and recur; depression and aggression can make people speechless or provoke them. Pastoral care attempts to accompany each grieving person on his or her unique pa…

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Winkler, Eberhard, “Pastoral Care for the Grieving”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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