Spirituality and Religion After Homicide and Suicide: Families and Friends Tell Their Stories

Jeanna M. Mastrocinque, Taylor Hartwell, Jed W. Metzger, Renae Carapella-Johnson, Peter K. Navratil, Catherine Cerulli

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Abstract

This article presents results from seven focus groups (n = 27) with families and friends bereaved by homicide or suicide of a loved one, and focuses on spirituality and religion in the aftermath of these traumatic deaths. In exploring how these deaths affected participants’ spirituality and religion, several themes emerged: parental spirituality and intuition, finding comfort, internal challenges with spirituality and religion, and connection with spiritual and religious communities. Experiences and recommendations for responders are discussed. This research draws comparisons between homicides and suicides to elucidate participants’ unique spiritual and religious needs and better inform tailored approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-126
Number of pages20
JournalHomicide Studies
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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