VON Hope, Resilience, & Posttraumatic Growth

Hope, Resilience, & Posttraumatic Growth

Downloads & Assets

Life Imprint Meditation

Who Am I Now? Meditation

Journaling Prompts For Meaning Reconstruction

  1. How did you make sense of the death when it happened, and how do you interpret the loss now?
  2. What philosophical or spiritual beliefs have influenced your grief experience?
  3. Have those philosophical or spiritual beliefs changed in any way?
  4. How has your grief experience impacted your sense of priorities?
  5. How has loving this person impacted your life?
  6. Is there anything you need to do that would help foster healing, either spiritually or philosophically?

This exercise can also be reviewed with a beloved friend, trusted family member, or in a therapy session. Questions adapted from Robert Neimeyer's Meaning Reconstruction Interview in Lessons of Loss.

References & Resources

Calhoun, L., Tedeschi, R., Cann, A., & Hanks, E. (2010). Positive outcomes following bereavement: Paths to posttraumatic growth. Psychologica Belgica, 50(1-2).

Garland, E. L., Farb, N. A., R. Goldin, P., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2015). Mindfulness broadens awareness and builds eudemonic meaning: A process model of mindful positive emotion regulation. Psychological Inquiry, 26(4), 293-314.

Stang, H. (2018). Mindfulness & grief: With guided meditations to calm your mind & restore your spirit. CICO Books: London.

Stang, H. (2018). From Grief to Peace: A guided journal for navigating loss with compassion and mindfulness. CICO Books: London.

Tedeschi, R. G., & Blevins, C. L. (2015). From mindfulness to meaning: Implications for the theory of posttraumatic growth. Psychological Inquiry, 26(4), 373-376.

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