‘I thought they should know … that daddy is not completely gone’: A case study of sense of presence experiences in bereavement and family meaning-making

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Steffen, E. and Coyle, Adrian 2017. ‘I thought they should know … that daddy is not completely gone’: A case study of sense of presence experiences in bereavement and family meaning-making. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. 74 (4), pp. 363-385.
AuthorsSteffen, E. and Coyle, Adrian
Abstract

This study aimed to explore the experiences, responses and conceptualizations of sense of
presence experiences in bereavement in terms of family meaning-making. A case study
framework was chosen, using group and individual interviews and ethnographically-derived
observations in a father-bereaved family in the south of England. Interview data were analyzed
by applying both phenomenological and social constructionist perspectives to the same data
set. It was observed that there was a division between the mother, who had derived much
personal benefit from sense of presence experiences, and the children, who dismissed the
experiences as incompatible with their own worldviews and how they made sense of their
father’s death.

JournalOmega: Journal of Death and Dying
Journal citation74 (4), pp. 363-385
ISSN0030-2228
Year2017
PublisherSAGE
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/0030222816686609
Web address (URL)http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0030222816686609
Publication dates
Print09 Jan 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited01 Jun 2015
Accepted29 Mar 2015
Copyright informationSteffen, Edith and Coyle, Adrian (2017) ‘‘I thought they should know … that daddy is not completely gone’: A case study of sense of presence experiences in bereavement and family meaning-making’, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 74(4), pp. 363-385. © 2015 SAGE. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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