ERIC Number: EJ781782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Reference Count: 17
Recovery Following Bereavement: Metaphor, Phenomenology, and Culture
Rosenblatt, Paul C.
Death Studies, v32 n1 p6-16 Jan 2008
The concept of recovery following bereavement can be both useful and misleading. As a metaphor, the concept of recovery highlights some aspects of bereavement and obscures others. Bereaved people interviewed in 3 different studies typically did not bring up the term recovery so it did not seem to be a term that described their experience. Across cultures, the concept of recovery can be irrelevant or even misleading in understanding what goes on following bereavement. Arguably, a postmodern perspective in which no single concept is considered relevant for framing what goes on or what is desirable following bereavement might be best.
Descriptors: Grief, Figurative Language, Postmodernism, Phenomenology, Coping, Cultural Influences, Death, Foreign Countries
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