Exploring the Process of Meaning-making after Partner Suicide

Pritchard, Tyler R. (2015) Exploring the Process of Meaning-making after Partner Suicide. Bachelor's thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Meaning-making is increasingly recognized as a fundamental aspect of the grief experience. This study investigated the process of meaning-making in the narratives of individuals whose partners died by suicide, exploring their meaning reconstruction in response to this form of loss. The narratives of users of a public online grief support forum (n = 50) were analyzed using the Meaning of Loss Codebook (Gillies, Neimeyer, & Milman, 2014), which consists of core categories of meaning of loss in response to the death of a loved one. The results indicated that these individuals predominantly experienced negative affect, a lack of understanding associated with the loss, and a longing for their partners. The grief experience of participants in this study was marked by substantial psychological distress and an ongoing struggle to make sense of and find meaning in this type of loss. It is clear that grieving the loss of a partner as a result of suicide presents unique challenges to meaning-making in comparison to other types of loss. Given the importance of this aspect of adjustment to loss, these findings deepen the understanding of this component of grief and inform the provision of support for those grieving a loved one who died by suicide.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12183
Item ID: 12183
Additional Information: “Includes bibliographical references (pages 28-32)”
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Arts and Social Science > Psychology
Grenfell Campus > School of Arts and Social Science
Date: 2015
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Suicide victims--Family relationships; Bereavement

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