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Parental Grief and Prayer in the Middle Ages: Religious Coping in Swedish Miracle Stories
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1577-6234
2015 (English)In: Collegium : Studies across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, ISSN 1796-2986, E-ISSN 1796-2986, Vol. 18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article focuses on expressions of bereavement and religious coping in medieval miracle stories from Sweden. The stories come from the collections of St. Birgitta (Bridget) of Sweden, the Blessed Bishop Nicolaus Hermanni (Sw. Nils Hermansson) of Linköping and the Blessed Katarina of Vadstena, and were recorded in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.<br/><br> Catherine M. Sanders’s modern five stages of bereavement have been used as the theory of analysis through Kay Talbot’s adaptation of the theory for parents in grief. This theoretical foundation has provided new insights into how parental grief was expressed in medieval Sweden – and in stark contrast to Continental research on the same topic. Parents of both sexes expressed their grief outwardly through tears and crying, and a reluctance to accept that their children were dead. Throughout the miracle stories, lay people constructed their own prayers for miraculous intervention without the aid of any priests. This makes fathers and mothers in medieval Sweden agents of their own in terms of praying to God and being able to construct their own forms of religious coping.

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2015. Vol. 18
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practical theology pastoral theology religious coping grief middle ages scandinavia
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-10529OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-10529DiVA: diva2:953456
Available from: 2016-08-17 Created: 2016-08-16 Last updated: 2016-08-17

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