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Spiritual Resiliency In Older Women records the narratives of spiritually resilient older German and American women. The authors suggest how persons of all ages can gain maturity and spiritual coping by participating in communities based on faith, which acknowledge the emotion of spiritual experiences and integrate faith and close human relationships.

Resiliency and Community
Resiliency and community

Jan: What things are most important to you because you are Christian? Elisabeth: Community with others.

You have thus far been introduced to eight women who have obvious strengths and abilities, not only to transcend losses but also often to triumph over them. But in the previous chapters, we have only summarized their lives, faith, and coping styles. How did they manage? What themes of spiritual resiliency emerge from the interviews of women in both countries?

Reading, rereading, and coding our data confirmed the importance of a category of spirituality that was voiced repeatedly during the interviews: Christian community. Not only did the women speak of community as important directly, but this category was also implicitly present in the interviews in both ...

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