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ERIC Number: EJ945776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
The Complexity of Couple Communication in Bereavement: An Illustrative Case Study
Hooghe, An; Neimeyer, Robert A.; Rober, Peter
Death Studies, v35 n10 p905-924 2011
Sharing grief experiences, or "storying" grief, can be a key resource in adapting to loss, one that can contribute to stronger bonds and relational intimacy within the family. In this article, the authors conceptualize communication between grieving family members in terms of 3 "D" processes, emphasizing the extent to which such communication is dialectic, dialogic, and dynamic in nature. They illustrate the complexity of sharing about a mutual loss, focused on these 3 features, by referring to a case study of a couple coping with the death of a child in the context of a newly formed family. Rather than unilaterally advocating the promotion of open communication, the authors suggest that therapists working with bereaved families first discuss the complexities of communication with the family members, specifically those concerning talking and keeping silent, and explore the different meanings associated with sharing grief experiences with each other. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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