Sense of presence experiences and meaning-making in bereavement : a qualitative analysis

Steffen, Edith and Coyle, Adrian (2011) Sense of presence experiences and meaning-making in bereavement : a qualitative analysis. Death Studies, 35(7), 579 - 609. ISSN (print) 0748-1187

Full text not available from this archive.

Abstract

This qualitative study aimed to explore the potential role that might be played by the reported experience of "sensing the presence of the deceased" in meaning-making processes in bereavement. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 12 participants who reported having had such an experience and the transcripts were subjected to thematic analysis. Seven overarching themes were identified, 3 of which were considered central: finding benefit in the continuation of the deceased, finding benefit in the continued relationship, and finding meaning through existential, spiritual, and religious sense-making. While participants found many benefits in what they experienced, finding meaning beyond immediate coping seemed to require the availability of spiritual/religious frameworks that could be adopted or, if available but discrepant, could meaningfully accommodate the experience.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Katrina Clifford
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 08:01
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 08:39
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/31570

Actions (Repository Editors)

Item Control Page Item Control Page