Transition, Transformation and Spirituality of Women in Midlife

For women, midlife can be a time of challenge, growth and discovery. It can also be a time of heartache, pain and loss. Midlife is a natural time for life review; a time to evaluate accomplishments, goals and relationships. Women at this time may be facing the challenges of aging parents, loss of loved ones, menopause, conflicts with adult children and possibly illness or divorce. Many of the transitions of midlife are not a matter of choice; however the transformation process is optional. In midlife, a woman‘s spirituality often plays an important role in the journey of transformation. At times, spirituality itself is the process of transformation for many women during this time. This paper will explore the transitional, transformational, and spiritual processes of women during the time of amazing potential known as midlife.

Tammy S. McCarthy
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