Master of Theology (MTh)
This thesis argues that the family system grief process can be understood as a communicated process. Through using Virginia Satir's communication stance theory, and applying it to a case study, this thesis found that when a family member dies, the family system enters a period of chaos. During the chaos time family members may rely on incongruent communication stances to cope with their loss. This incongruent chaotic period families experience is a congruent part of the grief process. Care-givers can help families through appropriately working with them in the chaos and coaching the families to recreate a new harmony and congruent way of being with their loss. A pastoral therapeutic model is presented with theological reflections.
Breen, Glenn Vincent, "The family system grief process as a communicated process: Understanding grief through Virginia Satir's growth model" (1996). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 814.