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.
Chapter 9: Resiliency and Personal Relationships
Resiliency and Personal Relationships
The Importance of Personal Relationships
As you have seen in the chapter on resiliency and community, the interviews with these spiritual nominees were frequently interwoven with stories of relationships. As they talked about their faith, children, husbands, parents, grandparents, nieces, pastors, and friends all appeared, disappeared, and then reappeared on the stage of the women's lives. The women care deeply about other people, they learn from them, they appreciate other members of the community who are role models for their development, they nurture and care for others when needed, and they hope that their children and grandchildren will find the joy and strength they have found in the church. They suffer when there is conflict in their families (for ...