An Afterlife of Stories

Two old people looking at each other

This brief piece from the Thanantology Newsletter speaks to the power of narrative in addressing spiritual questions. A narrative approach has the ability to transcend physical and spiritual realities. The article explores how narrative practices can support conversations with dying people to include and incorporate their spiritual beliefs and practices. Rather than imposing any one monolithic story of death and an afterlife, narrative counseling expands the ways in which we can speak about death and grief.

Conversations that explore the meaning of spirituality when death is present, can construct avenues that promote practical decisions, and positive meaning-making in the face of death. If our stories transcend our physical death, then knowing how a story continues to progress, and how to access this, can feed a sense of relationship over the many years following the death.