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’n Perspektief op hoop as pastorale bemagtiging in die rouproses

Willem Smith, Yolanda Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 59, No 1 | a643 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v59i1.643 | © 2003 Willem Smith, Yolanda Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 October 2003 | Published: 27 October 2003

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Willem Smith, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa
Yolanda Dreyer, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

A perspective on hope as pastoral empowerment in the grief process

This article elaborates on existing research pertaining to the grief process. It focuses on the dynamics and effect of grieving. Grief is experienced differently by different individuals. The aim of the article is to search for ways in which people can exist with authenticity and hope in the presence of God in spite of the experience of loss. Three issues are addressed: the circumstances of grief; the influence of people’s God-images on the grief process; as well as the traditional viewpoint on the phases and emotions connected with the grief process and an alternative perspective. The article highlights the dynamics and diversity of experiences in the grief process.


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