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Goodbye, Daddy: An Autoethnographic Journey Through the Grief and Mourning Process

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The purpose of this article is to present an autoethonographic study in how I experienced and communicated parts of the mourning process when my father died at the age of 73. The article highlights the stages of grief experienced during the first year. Autoethnographic means are used chronologically to explore how the loss of a family member impacts the stages of grief that are present and how they overlap. In particular, I highlight the events that carried meaning or provided an outlet to express one of the stages of grief. It is hoped that this article can be used to understand why grieving is not an overnight process, but rather is drawn out through the highs and lows of remembering a loved one.
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Keywords: Autoethnography; family loss; father; grief

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Communication, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Publication date: February 17, 2017

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