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Koers

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Koers (Online) vol.73 n.2 Pretoria  2008

 

Aftrede as integrasionele taak

 

Retirement as integrational task

 

 

A.R. Brunsdon; G.A. Lotter

Praktiese Teologie, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, Potchefstroom. E-pos: arbrunsdon@gmail.com lotter@nwu.ac.za

 

 


OPSOMMING

In hierdie artikel word van die standpunt uitgegaan dat aftrede as 'n kritiese lewensfase beskou kan word. Dit beteken dat afgetredenes, onderhewig aan hoe hulle hierdie lewensfase hanteer, óf in futiliteit kan verval, óf hierdie lewensfase optimaal kan benut. Hiermee is die kritiese taak van aftrede omlyn as die optimale benutting van dié lewensfase. Hierdie artikel ondersoek die moontlikheid om aftrede as integrasionele taak te benader. Die uitdaging hiervan sou wees om afgetredenes wat neig na gevoelens van futiliteit te lei tot 'n sinvolle integrasie van hulle lewenservaring en geloofskennis sodat hulle sin tydens aftrede kan beleef. Die narratiewe benadering tot die pastoraat kan moontlik hiervoor 'n goeie voertuig bied, aangesien dit die verhale van mense benut. Vanuit 'n reformatoriese benadering tot die narratiewe terapie werk dit ook met die Godsverhaal waarbinne die lewe en die mens 'n andersoortige sin en potensiaal het. Die artikel dui aan dat afgetredenes via die narratiewe pastoraat tot integrasie van hulle eie verhale en die Godsverhaal kan kom. In hierdie integrasie lê een van die sleutels tot volle sinsontsluiting en hoop tydens een van die lewe se mees uitdagende fases.

Kernbegrippe: aftrede; futiliteit; integrasie; kritiese lewensfase; narratiewe pastoraat; Prediker


ABSTRACT

In this article, the stance is taken that retirement can be viewed as a critical life phase. Depending on how retirees cope with this phase, they can eitherexperience feelings of futility or engage in an optimal use of this promising period. The critical task of the retirement phase could therefore be outlined as achieving a deep sense of fulfillment and optimisation of life-opportunities during the so-called golden years. This article will explore retirement as integrational task, the challenge being to guide retirees to an integration of life and faith experiences in order to experience meaning. A narrative approach to pastoral care is suggested as a mode for integration as it takes the generated experiences (stories) of people seriously. Within a reformational view of the narrative the Word of God is also taken seriously. In this fusion between the Story of God and man's story lies the integration which will result in the creation of meaning during the final stage of man's journey through life.

Key concepts: critical life phase; Ecclesiastes; futility; integration; narrative pastorate; retirement


 

 

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