ERIC Number: ED442055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Coping with Loss and Grief through On-Line Support Groups.
Gary, Juneau Mahan; Remolino, Linda
On-line support groups provide an alternative to traditional support groups by linking grieving people who seek support, especially if support is not available in their local community. Furthermore, these groups can reduce the sense of isolation caused by geographical or physical/medical constraints and increase feelings of validations. Although preliminary research suggests positive effects, on-line support groups are not appropriate for everyone and should not be considered a panacea. This chapter examines the grief and healing process. It discusses the on-line support groups available to ease the grieving and healing process. Then one such support group is examined. Discussions of the ability to provide immediate responses to traumatic events as well as other benefits and limitations of on-line support groups conclude this chapter. (Contains 19 references.) (MKA)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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