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      Meaning reconstruction in bereavement: sense and significance.

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      Death studies
      Informa UK Limited

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          Recently there has been growing empirical and theoretical attention to the role of meaning in grief along with increased recognition of the need for more sophisticated definitions of meaning. The present article highlights philosophical issues inherent in the study of meaning and grief reviews the place of meaning in current theories of grief and provides a brief overview of the ways that meaning has been operationalized by grief researchers, including sense-making, benefit finding, identity change, and purpose in life. It is argued that, in our focus on the ways mourners make sense of loss, we have neglected an important aspect of meaning: life significance. Life significance is the felt perception that some aspect of one's life experience "matters." The construct is explored as a potentially important outcome of bereavement; mourners may lose life significance along with their lost loved one, or they may develop new avenues to life significance as they confront mortality and rebuild shattered worldviews. Related literature, such as appreciation of life as a facet of posttraumatic growth, is surveyed for clues as to the role of life significance in grief. Suggestions for future study are offered.

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          Journal
          Death Stud
          Death studies
          Informa UK Limited
          0748-1187
          0748-1187
          Aug 2013
          : 37
          : 7
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Psychology Department, University of Missouri-Saint Louis, St. Louis, Missouri 63132, USA. rhibberd@umsl.edu
          Article
          10.1080/07481187.2012.692453
          24520967
          dc44feee-7494-4ef6-afa7-85c3a5a1a27e
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