Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Theology (MTh)




Martin Luther University College

First Advisor

Delton J. Glebe

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor


This paper addresses the Search For Meaning in Grief by attempting to examine two theoretical perspectives: Victor Frankl's Search for Meaning and Douglas Hall's Theology of the Cross. These two models serve as paradigms for different polarities, in critically reflecting upon the grief experience. By exploring the psycho-therapeutic and theological issues raised by both Frankl and Hall, weaknesses and deficiencies in one are effectively addressed by the other, resulting in a more holistic model for grief ministry. I begin by exploring the perspective of Victor Frankl where such topics as the freedom of the will, the will to meaning, the discovery of meaning, as well as the meaning of love and suffering are covered. The discussion on Douglas Hall attempts to outline his contextual theology in addressing the search for meaning. I examine his theology of the Cross as well as his Christology as they relate to suffering in grief. His model serves as a particular demonstration of God with us by focussing upon Divine self-identification and present care with those who grieve. The purpose of this study is to reflect upon and critique these two sources, using them to inform pastoral practice. The aim, in this process, is to draw conclusions in order to become a more effective pastoral agent to those who grieve.

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