Death of a celebrity: bereavement and the role of social media use

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Parasocial relationships between celebrity musicians and fans are equally meaningful to social relationships. Social networking services allow fans to share their grief following the death of a musician. This study explores the bereavement following the loss of a musician, the griever’s coping and the role of social media in bereavement. Nine participants who lost a celebrity musician were interviewed. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was employed and commons themes include continuing the parasocial relationship, disenfranchised grief, enfranchisement of grief, grieving on your terms, the role of social media and the online community. Implications for clinical practice and further research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2019
EventAssociation for Death Education and Counseling Annual Conference 2019 - Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta, United States of America
Duration: 9 Apr 201913 Apr 2019
Conference number: 41st


ConferenceAssociation for Death Education and Counseling Annual Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleADEC 2019
CountryUnited States of America
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