Spiritual support and resilience among bereaved mothers
In the times of turmoil, only those who are resilient enough to bounce back are able to survive. In Kashmir, the ongoing conflict has left thousands of mothers wailing for their sons. But many of them have indeed bounced back and are well adjusted. In most of the cases, adjustment becomes possible because of spiritual help. The present study was designed to examine the resilience in women who have lost their sons in the ongoing conflict in Kashmir and to examine the relation of resilience with spiritual support. The participants consist of forty women who were successfully adjusted up to a greater extent in life after facing the loss in 2008 & 2010 uprisings. The Resilience Scale (Wagnild and Young, 1993) was used to assess resilience trait. A comparative analysis was done to compare the resilience of women having a spiritual guide to those not having such guide. An independent samples t-test was conducted and a significant difference [t (3.079) = 28.19; p=.00)] was found in the resilience scores of mothers with and without spiritual support.