ERIC Number: EJ1010601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
"It May Not Be Pretty, but It's Honest": Examining Parental Grief on the Callapitter Blog
DeGroot, Jocelyn M.; Carmack, Heather J.
Death Studies, v37 n5 p448-470 2013
Following the death of a child, parents are turning to alternative means of communication to express their grief. In this instrumental case study, the authors explore how 1 woman, Amy Ambrusko, communicates her grief experience on her blog, emotionally negotiating loss and parental grief. Guided by M. S. Miles's (1984) parental grief model, the authors argue that the Callapitter blog serves as a case study illustration of online parental grief. Specifically, Ambrusko displays parental grief in three ways: (re)questioning reality, experiencing discursive and corporeal guilt, and rationalizing a "new normal." This analysis highlights the changing nature of communicating about grief and underscores how grief blogs challenge contemporary social death rules.
Descriptors: Grief, Parents, Coping, Death, Electronic Publishing, Computer Mediated Communication, Web Sites, Communication (Thought Transfer), Children, Emotional Response, Case Studies, Psychological Patterns
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