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FEELING THE ABSENCE: A CONTENT ANALYSIS FROM THE SCOTT AND WHITE GRIEF STUDY

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In an effort to understand how the bereaved ''make sense''of deaths they have experienced, 85 mourners were asked to write a free essay in response to the question, ''What does the death of your loved one mean to you? ''In a content analysis of the resulting narratives, 9 unique meaning constructs emerged, the most prominent of which spoke to the theme of feeling the absence of the decedent. A distinction was drawn between meaning categories referent to pain and suffering versus recovery and hope and between consequent/instrumental forms of meaning versus philosophical/existential meanings. Implications for additional study of the relationship between meaning constructs and bereavement adaptation were discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2002

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