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Meaning Reconstruction in the Wake of Loss: Evolution of a Research Program

  • Robert A. Neimeyer (a1)

Abstract

As theories of bereavement have evolved, so too have evidence-based interventions to mitigate complications in post-loss adaptation. This article reviews one line of programmatic research grounded in a conceptualisation of grieving as an attempt to reaffirm or reconstruct a world of meaning challenged by loss. Anchored in therapeutic encounters with the bereaved, a meaning reconstruction approach to loss has grown over the past 15 years to generate an increasingly substantial research base, as well as to develop and refine a wide array of contributions to psychological assessment and therapy. By summarising the major models, measures and methods resulting from this collaborative work, it offers an introduction to meaning reconstruction for those unfamiliar with it, noting its contributions to date, its areas of future development, and its relevance for clinical practice.

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Address for correspondence: Robert A. Neimeyer, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Email: neimeyer@memphis.edu.

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