“Khi mô vê?” (When will you go home?) Evocative autoethnography on death, impermanence, and time-space extension

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This article is motivated by my personal wish to pay tribute to my beloved grandfather, who passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic while I was stranded in Australia. Relying on an evocative autoethnography of a grandson, a father, a PhD candidate and graduate, and a researcher, and in reference to the concepts of place-making theories such as time-space expansion, I tried to embrace my experience of grief and loss as well as to make sense of my feelings of distance, impermanence, and death during this chaotic period. The story I will tell below chronicles my emotional and spiritual journey from the moment I first learned of my grandfather’s illness (early 2020) until the time after his passing (October 2021). I have found out that during this process of attempting to converse with, heal, and take care of myself, I have transcended the physical-social aspects of place and touched on spiritual space.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2174-2184
Number of pages11
JournalThe Qualitative Report
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • COVID-19
  • death
  • evocative autoethnography
  • impermanence
  • place-making
  • time-space expansion

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