Searching for Wholeness Amidst Traumatic Grief: The Role of Spiritual Practices that Reveal Compassion in Embodied, Relational, and Transcendent Ways by Carrie Doehring

Carrie Doehring writes about her experience of grieving the death by suicide of her younger, 27-year-old son last year, and the religious struggles that came out of understanding his suffering, death, and her grief. Finding and using body aware practices that connected her to a sense of goodness within her and in her life became a way of holding grief and reaching out to trusted others in a search for meanings. She will draw upon this experience to illustrate the challenges of living with and integrating moral stress in spiritual ways. Grieving the traumatic death of her son in these intentional ways helped her then cope with the subsequent sudden death of her husband four months later.