Out of Body: Experiencing Dissociation in Varying Forms of Grief

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Bishop, Kai
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Grief is a universal experience of loss that is pervasive and exists on a spectrum outside of bereavement and trauma. The somatic consequences of grief and grieving can lead to dissociation and disembodiment and these are understudied effects of the grief experience. Currently, literature within the field of psychology primarily focuses on the physiological effects of trauma, traumatic grief and complicated grief, rather than that of the more universal experiences found in disenfranchised and anticipatory grief. The importance of the research conducted in this capstone is to highlight a gap in the field while exploring how these forms of grief relate to dissociation and disembodiment, and how individuals can begin to heal while living with grief. The intersectionality found within the spectrum of grief lends an importance to heeding culturally competent and trauma-informed care, particularly pertaining to disembodiment. There are correlations in the neuroscientific, somatic and attachment findings of trauma and complicated grief. These lend to the validity and importance of the field expanding its care, use of integrative interventions and research to those living with dissociation and disembodiment in relation to disenfranchised and anticipatory grief.
anticipatory grief , culturally competent care , dissociation , disembodiment , disenfranchised grief , integrative approaches , somatics , trauma-informed
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