Chapter 20
The Role of Spirituality in Emotional Coping and Healing
In This Chapter
• Finding comfort in spiritual beliefs and practices
• Reexamining religious beliefs that we formed many years ago as young children
• Religious and spiritual traditions that complement models of emotional healing
• Finding ways to face and respond to existential issues
Since the beginning of recorded time, people have developed spiritual traditions that serve as a source of comfort and support, especially during hard times. In this chapter, we’ll take a look at the role of spirituality and emotional coping.

A Common Human Need

Across cultures and across the millennia, all societies have embraced some sort of religious or spiritual belief system. Oftentimes this ...

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