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Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica

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FERREIRA, Lívia Cardoso; LEAO, Nara Cristina  e  ANDRADE, Celana Cardoso. Widowhood and bereavement over Gestalt-therapy enlightening: losses and gaining experiences. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.2, pp. 153-160. ISSN 1809-6867.

The present study it is part of a research that enclosed the dissolution of the couple for the death of one of the spouses, and the benefits reached with psychotherapy on Gestalt approach for bereaved patients. The objective of this article is to focus the experiences of a person dealing with mourning for the death of his/her spouse. Besides, it intends to investigate whether a widower may obtain benefits with psychotherapy on Gestalt approach. The phenomenological qualitative methodology is followed, in accordance with the proposal of Amedeo Giorgi (1985). There were made interviews, that had been recorded, transcribed and analyzed, in the four steps proposed by Giorgi (1985). The presented data refer to the experience of one of the collaborators of the research. She obtained losses and benefits with the death of the husband and the psychotherapy contributed for the confrontation and resolution of bereavement, above all as a support to the widower, by cooperating so that him/her would achieve experiences ressignification, and rescue the personal care, and interest in life.

Palavras-chave : Bereavement; Widowhood; Phenomenological method; Gestalt-therapy; Psychotherapy.

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