Experiencing Loss: A Muslim Widow´s Bereavement Narrative

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Maria Kristiansen, Tarek Younis, Amani Hassani, Aziz Sheikh

In this article, we explore how Islam, minority status and refugee experiencesintersect in shaping meaning-making processes following bereavement. We do this througha phenomenological analysis of a biographical account of personal loss told by Aisha, a Muslim Palestinian refugee living in Denmark, who narrates her experience of losing herhusband to lung cancer. By drawing on a religious framework, Aisha creates meaning fromher loss, which enables her to incorporate this loss into her life history and sustain agency.Her narrative invites wider audiences to witness her tale of overcoming loss, thus highlightingthe complex way in which religious beliefs, minority status and migration historycome together in shaping meaning-making processes, and the importance of reciprocity innarrative studies.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Religion and Health
Vol/bind55
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)226-240
Antal sider15
ISSN0022-4197
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2015

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