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Making sense: death, dying, and mental health.

Warrender, Dan; Macpherson, Scott



David B. Cooper

Jo Cooper


The causation of mental health problems remains burdened with an uncertainty which freely allows a variety of assertions to be made (Pilgrim 2014). It is therefore crucial, in this arena of confusion, that some sense be available. This chapter will bring together sociology, spirituality and philosophy, and describe the human need to seek meaning, arguing the crucial role of spirituality in making sense of mental distress. The concepts of death and dying will be explored with a view to introducing spirituality, before arguments are applied specifically to mental health and the professional’s role in spiritual care.


WARRENDER, D. and MACPHERSON, S. 2019. Making sense: death, dying, and mental health. In Cooper, D.B. and Cooper, J. (eds.) Palliative care within mental health: ethical practice. Abingdon: Routledge [online], chapter 23, pages 324-337. Available from:

Online Publication Date Sep 4, 2018
Publication Date Sep 11, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 25, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 5, 2019
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Pages 324-337
Book Title Palliative care within mental health: ethical practice
Chapter Number Chapter 23
ISBN 9781138609815
Keywords Sociology; Spirituality; Philosophy; Mental distress; Death; Dying; Mental health
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