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Meaning Reconstruction Theory

  • Robert A. Neimeyer
  • Adam Anderson

Abstract

Five years after the death of her infant daughter, Jessica, from congenital heart problems, Helen remains embittered and with- drawn, grieving intensely a loss that seemed to her inexplicable.1 A devout Christian, she struggles to fit the tragedy of her daughter’s untimely death into a belief system that she hoped would sustain her in her bereavement, but did not. As she notes, ‘The only thought that comes to me is that God must have really needed Jessica to be one of his angels in heaven, because she died so suddenly and didn’t show any of the symptoms of the condition she suffered from that caused her death.’ Reflecting on herself, now at the age of 32, Helen notes:

Keywords

Life Lesson Death Anxiety Initial Inability Personal Process External Narrative 
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© Robert A. Neimeyer and Adam Anderson 2002

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  • Robert A. Neimeyer
  • Adam Anderson

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