Coping with the ultimate deprivation: Narrative themes in a parental bereavement support group

Laura Umphrey, Joanne Cacciatore

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Abstract

Support groups are often used to help individuals cope with challenging and unusual life circumstances through narration. Yet, little is known about specific meta-communication within a support group setting and in what ways these interactions may benefit participants. This study uncovers narrative themes that were expressed during a series of support group meetings specific to bereaved parents. Three central narratives were revealed in the analysis including the death story narrative, coping/negotiating narrative, and connecting through communication with others narrative. This research underscores the vital outlet that the support group serves for participants and the communicative means by which subjective healing can occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-160
Number of pages20
JournalOmega: Journal of Death and Dying
Volume63
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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Parents
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  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Health(social science)
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Coping with the ultimate deprivation : Narrative themes in a parental bereavement support group. / Umphrey, Laura; Cacciatore, Joanne.

In: Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, Vol. 63, No. 2, 01.01.2011, p. 141-160.

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