Nette Falkenburg

After her graduation in Theology at the University of Amsterdam Nette Falkenburg worked one year in Portugal (WCC), four years as a minister within the Protestant church in the Netherlands (serving the congregation in Dokkum), six years as a minister for students in the city of Rotterdam, and two years as pastoral worker in a home for the elderly. Since 1997 she works as a pastoral/spiritual caregiver in Erasmus Medical Centre - Sophia Children’s hospital in Rotterdam. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education in Vught in 1999.

Her PhD-project at VU university (Practical Theology) studies the meaning of spiritual experiences of parents losing their child on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She will analyse 60 in-depth interviews with parents who lost their child either recently or three to five years ago. The project focuses on the meaning that parents attribute to specific events surrounding the death of their child, such as a sense of presence, dreams, non-coincidental events, etc. This will answer the question whether and how concrete shapes of lived spirituality influence the way parents view life and death, and how they experience their religion and faith.

Supervisors: Prof.dr. R.Ruard Ganzevoort (VU University) and Prof. dr. D. Tibboel (department of Pediatric Surgery at Erasmus MC- Sophia’s Children’s Hospital).

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