Farrell, J. (2015). The transpersonal face of loss: A heuristic inquiry that explores the journey and relationship between loss and change [Unpublished Master’s thesis]. Alef Trust & Middlesex University.

This study, examines different kinds of loss that can lead to individual experiences of change, which could be termed transpersonal. A qualitative method of heuristic inquiry (Moustakas, 1990) was chosen to explore the nature of this phenomenon. The main focus of this study is to look at specific loss in the everyday, such as loss of job, community, partner or country. The participants taking part in this research project, found that friendship, camaraderie, humour, and a relationship to the environment, played a part in connecting to their inner spirituality. In acknowledging this connection, there becomes a recognition that loss and grief, is not only a pathology to be healed, but has the potential to be a gateway for inner development. This study revealed that change did happen to all participants, and influenced how they saw the world, after directly participating in their loss. Where attention was paid to the somatic senses, a doorway opened for deeply held emotions to be healed. This suggests, that there is indeed movement from loss to a greater awareness of self, no matter how small a step. I put forward the notion, that the transpersonal face of loss within this study can be seen, to be held within this small step.

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