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Men's grief, meaning and growth: a phenomenological investigation into the meaning of loss

Spaten, Ole Michael; Byrialsen, Mia Nørremark and Langdridge, Darren (2012). Men's grief, meaning and growth: a phenomenological investigation into the meaning of loss. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 11(2) 15pp.

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There is a scarcity of research on men's experience of bereavement (Reiniche, 2006), particularly qualitative research which focuses on the meaning of such an experience. This paper seeks to address this by presenting the findings from a phenomenological study of the lifeworld of a small number of bereaved men, and considers how the loss of a spouse affects men’s experience of meaning, grief and loss. Three men aged 32-54 who have all lost their partners to cancer between 3 and 7 years ago were interviewed. The hermeneutic phenomenological method of van Manen (1990) was employed revealing three key themes: grief and self-reflection; meaning of life and loss; re-figuring the lifeworld. These themes are discussed in the light of broader existential concerns and the extant literature.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 IPJP
ISSN: 1445-7377
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 31902
Depositing User: Darren Langdridge
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2012 10:09
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2018 16:00
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