Grief, Photography and Meaning Making: A Psychological Constructivist Approach

Belén Jiménez-Alonso, Ignacio Brescó de Luna

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Abstract

This article examines the value of using photography as both a methodological and therapeutic tool for theconstruction – andstudy – ofmeaningsafteradeath-relatedloss.A study case, consisting of narratives of mourning elicited through a personal photo diary and afollow-upinterview,willbeanalysedinlightof fivekeyadvantagesofusingphotographyto study grief experiences according to a social constructivist approach. These advantages are (1) agency in the search for meaning; (2) the role of photography as a tool for scaffolding narratives of loss; (3) the role of photography in preserving the continuing bonds with the deceased;(4) theroleofphotography astechnology oftheselffor emotionalself-regulation and (5) photography as a process in the reviewing of the contextualised experience.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCulture & Psychology
ISSN1354-067X
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021

Keywords

  • Grief
  • continuing bonds
  • meaning-making
  • narratives
  • photography
  • visual methods

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