Digital Storytelling as an Intervention for Bereaved Family Members

Abigail J. Rolbiecki, Karla T. Washington, Katina Bitsicas

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Abstract

Fourteen (N = 14) bereaved family members participated in an exploratory study of Digital Storytelling as a bereavement intervention. The primary purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility of this approach and to qualitatively assess potential impacts. Qualitative data revealed that for some, participation in Digital Storytelling facilitated growth and meaning-making. Themes from the data also revealed that participation in Digital Storytelling affected participants in these ways: (a) the writing and verbalization of the script helped participants organize their thoughts and emotions about the loss, (b) having the space to share with a collective group encouraged confidence in their ability to discuss their feelings with others, and (c) the final product served as a source of closure for participants. Although this was a small exploratory study, results were promising and suggest the clinical applicability of Digital Storytelling as a tool for facilitating meaning-making among bereaved family members.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-586
Number of pages17
JournalOmega
Volume82
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • bereavement
  • family
  • grief
  • loss
  • narrative

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