“Everybody Needs to Talk About Their Child”: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study of Bereaved Parents’ Experiences in Digital Storytelling

Abigail J. Rolbiecki, Karla Washington, Kayla Posley

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Abstract

Digital Storytelling (DS) is a narrative intervention that supports participants’ ability to find meaning in their life experiences – in this case, bereavement after child death. Thirteen (N = 13) bereaved parents engaged in a DS workshop in which they created a story about the death of their child. Using a descriptive phenomenological approach, researchers explored participants’ experience with child death via their completed digital stories. Results highlight connection as a pathway to meaning making for bereaved parents who participate in DS, specifically in regard to connection with other bereaved parents and connection with their deceased child via telling their story.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOmega
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • bereavement
  • child death
  • connection
  • digital storytelling
  • meaning making

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