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“It’s your loss”: Making loss one’s own through blog narrative practices

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posted on 02.04.2020, 00:00 authored by Alexander J Karkar, Lisa BurkeLisa Burke
This study investigated whether the 30 prompted categories of Gillies, Neimeyer, and Milman’s (2014) Meaning of Loss Codebook (MLC) emerged in the unprompted and naturalistic blogs of four grieving widows. Furthermore, the study aimed to examine how such meanings emerged through each participant’s processes of narrativization. Results showed that 26 of 30 MLC meanings emerged over 582 posts. Furthermore, in blogs demonstrating continued bonds with the deceased, MLC meanings formed networks integrated within narrative pathways. Conversely, in cases where severing ties were formulated as a condition of “moving on,” meanings appeared in isolation of narrative and complications in narrativization were evident.

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Journal

Death Studies

Volume

44

Issue

4

Pagination

210 - 222

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Philadelphia, Pa.

ISSN

0748-1187

eISSN

1091-7683

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2018, Taylor & Francis Group

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