Chapter 27. Coming to Terms with Loss in Schizophrenia – the Search for Meaning

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian2,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry3,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry4,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry5 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry6
  1. Hanneke (J.K.) Muthert Spiritual Caregiver Assistant Professor

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch27

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Muthert, H. (2010) Coming to Terms with Loss in Schizophrenia – the Search for Meaning, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch27

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 6

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203



  • coming to terms with loss in schizophrenia - search for meaning;
  • subject of loss and longing in context of schizophrenia;
  • schizophrenia - seriously disabling illness, psychological and existential suffering;
  • Meet and greet – the art of living group - loss and coming to terms with that loss in schizophrenia;
  • underlying ideas, methods and guidelines - care possibilities for patients with chronic psychiatric limitations;
  • Peter's case, different losses - question of what losses are addressed;
  • instrumentalistic approach - dominating debates founded on evidence-based interventions;
  • relearning the world and the spiritual caregiver;
  • compliance with treatment regimes - being very important;
  • connecting with the philosophies of life


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Peter's Case

  • The Integration of ‘Coming to Terms with Loss’in the Current Framework of Mental Healthcare

  • Back to Peter – Different Losses

  • Why is it so Hard to Listen Carefully to Existential Questions and Explanations?

  • The Spiritual Caregiver

  • Back to Peter and his Punishing God Answer

  • References