Narratives of Loss and Relationship
Routledge – 2000 – 240 pages
Explores what couple and individual stories say and do not say about the child's dying and death and about parent grief. The author uses narratives as his tool for the introduction and exploration of the many facets of parental grief.
The Narratives of Bereaved Parents. Coming to a Couple Language about the Death. The Story of Dying and Death. Death Rituals. Metaphors of Grief and Feelings. The Chasm Between Grieving Parents and the World. How Parents Explain the Grief Process. The Continuing Connection with the Child. Narratives about the Couple Relationship. Narratives about Parenting Other Children. Finding Support. Learning What there is to Say. Meaning and Meaning Making. God and Religion. Perspectives on Parent Narratives and Society. References. Appendix: Methodological Details. References.