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In their own words, in their own time, in their own ways: Indigenous women's experiences of loss, grief, and finding meaning through spirituality

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dc.contributor.supervisor Hart, Michael A. (Social Work) en_US
dc.contributor.author Hinch-Bourns, Andrea Colleen
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-12T14:17:51Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-12T14:17:51Z
dc.date.issued 2013-09-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/22182
dc.description.abstract This exploratory study sought to understand how spirituality influences the experiences of loss, grief, and finding meaning for seven Indigenous women following the death of a loved one. Writing from an Indigenous research paradigm with storytelling as the research method, five recurring themes emerged from the transcripts: 1)dreams; 2) honouring memory; 3) healing; 4) making space; 5)meaning. In addition, three central themes were present in the five themes: 1) connection; 2) relationships; 3) we are not alone. The research exposed a story within a story, as each storyteller revealed a history of trauma related to colonization, and their healing journey of coming to see, coming to know, and coming to be as Indigenous women. The study found that spirituality positively influenced the experiences of loss, grief, and finding meaning through the maintenance of connections and relationships with their loved one, and affirming meaning or purpose in their life. en_US
dc.subject Indigenous en_US
dc.subject Spirituality en_US
dc.title In their own words, in their own time, in their own ways: Indigenous women's experiences of loss, grief, and finding meaning through spirituality en_US
dc.degree.discipline Social Work en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Halonen, Deana (Social Work) Anderson, Kim (Wilfred Laurier University) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2013 en_US


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