“I don’t know if fear of flying is a diagnosis, but…”: A longitudinal interview study with bereaved parents

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Abstract

What are the relations between the individual’s phenomenological experiences of grief, and cultural meanings and expectations related to grief? How do people in grief draw upon socio-cultural frames and resources to interpret their own grief experiences, and how do discourses of grief as e.g. a potential health hazard influence bereaved persons’ self-interpretations and practices? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in a longitudinal interview study following seven bereaved couples after the loss of an infant child. Some of the methodological and ethical issues I would like to address and discuss are: What part do emotions play in the relational co-construction of interview knowledge on vulnerable subjects? (How) is it possible to address the relational and culturally embedded aspects of grief through conversations with individuals and/or couples? Can a phenomenological approach avoid an individualization of the individual experiences?
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event9th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, United States
Duration: 15 May 201318 May 2013
Conference number: 9
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Conference

Conference9th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
Number9
LocationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
CountryUnited States
CityUrbana-Champaign
Period15/05/201318/05/2013
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