“It’s your loss”: Making loss one’s own through blog narrative practices

Alexander J. Karkar, Lisa M. Burke

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This study investigated whether the 30 prompted categories of Gillies, Neimeyer, and Milman’s (2014) Meaning of Loss Codebook (MLC) emerged in the unprompted and naturalistic blogs of four grieving widows. Furthermore, the study aimed to examine how such meanings emerged through each participant’s processes of narrativization. Results showed that 26 of 30 MLC meanings emerged over 582 posts. Furthermore, in blogs demonstrating continued bonds with the deceased, MLC meanings formed networks integrated within narrative pathways. Conversely, in cases where severing ties were formulated as a condition of “moving on,” meanings appeared in isolation of narrative and complications in narrativization were evident.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-222
Number of pages13
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • bereavement
  • grief
  • loss
  • narrative
  • continued bonds
  • constructivism
  • thanatology
  • qualitative
  • blogs
  • meaning-making
  • meaning of loss

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