Digital storytelling: Narrating meaning in bereavement

Abigail J. Rolbiecki, Karla Washington, Katina Bitsicas, Michelle Teti, Dianna Temple, Christi Lero

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Individuals who cannot make sense of a significant death are more likely to experience bereavement complications than those who are able to reconcile their loss with existing or newly-developed ways of understanding the world. Digital Storytelling, a multi-media narrative technique, has been identified as a potential facilitator of meaning-making processes. In this secondary qualitative analysis, researchers described the meaning-making processes evident in bereaved individuals’ (N = 14) personally-created digital stories, identifying sense making, benefit finding, continuing bonds, shifting identity, and addressing unfinished business. Findings support prior research and enrich emerging understandings of arts-based interventions as tools to facilitate and communicate meaning-making processes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDeath Studies
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


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