Grieving Together and Apart: Bereaved Parents’ Contradictions of Marital Interaction

  title={Grieving Together and Apart: Bereaved Parents’ Contradictions of Marital Interaction},
  author={Paige W. Toller and Dawn O. Braithwaite},
  journal={Journal of Applied Communication Research},
  pages={257 - 277}
The researchers adopted relational dialectics theory (Baxter & Montgomery, 1996) to examine the discourse of 37 bereaved parents. Research questions guiding the study were what dialectical contradictions do bereaved parents experience when communicating with their marital partner after their child's death and how do bereaved parents and their marital partners communicatively negotiate the dialectical contradictions they experience? Our analysis revealed that bereaved parents experienced a… 
Bereaved Parents' Experiences of Supportive and Unsupportive Communication
This study examines bereaved parents' experiences of supportive and unsupportive communication using the optimal matching model of stress and social support (Cutrona & Russell, 1990). Analysis of the
Parental Grief and Marital Issues Aftermath: A Pilot Study
The death of a child is difficult to the bereaved parents. Literature had associated the loss with marriage disruption. The issues on that the difficulties to communicate, gender-related coping
Parents’ Positive Interpersonal Coping After a Child’s Death
Despite the challenging context of grieving for the death of a child, evidence shows that it is possible for parents to manage and preserve their relationship. The aim of this study was to examine
Finding Support in a Field of Devastation: Bereaved Parents' Narratives of Communication and Recovery
The researcher employed Hastings's (2000) use of fractured identities to analyze recovery in 5 married couples’ narratives of parental bereavement. The research question guiding this study asked what
Changes in Relationships in Bereaved Families: Perspectives of Mothers Who Lost a Child to Cancer.
Findings highlight bereaved mothers' need to build supportive family relationships while acknowledging bereaved family members' different grieving styles and their own challenges in grieving the loss of a child.
Bereaved Parents’ Strategies and Reactions When Supporting Their Surviving Children
Bereaved parent–child communication and support can significantly affect surviving children's well-being and family functioning, yet offering support may be difficult for bereaved parents amidst
The Phenomenon of Bereaved Parenting: An Integrative Review of Literature
An integrative review of literature of 20 studies across psychology, nursing, communications, social work, and family sciences was undertaken to determine the current state of science regarding bereaved parenting to reveal three influential contexts.
Love and Death: Relational Metaphors Following the Death of a Child
Recognised as one of the most painful human experiences, the purpose of this study was to uncover the relational and metaphorical themes embodied in bereaved parent narratives following the death of
“He Was Supposed to be With Me for the Rest of My Life”: Meaning-Making in Bereaved Siblings’ Online Stories
ABSTRACT The present study applied relational dialectics theory to explore the competing discourses that animate bereaved siblings’ online stories about their loss, as well as to understand how the
"We Hardly Ever Talk about It": Emotional Responsive Attunement in Couples after a Child's Death.
The process of talking and not talking can partly be understood as an emotional responsive process on an intrapersonal and interpersonal level and partners search for a bearable distance from their own grief and their partner's, and attune with their relational context.


Negotiation of Dialectical Contradictions by Parents who have Experienced the Death of a Child
This study examines how bereaved parents experience communicating with individuals in their social network. The bereaved parents in this study experienced two dialectical contradictions: (a) between
Interactive grief and coping in the marital dyad
Abstract Experiencing the death of one's child has been described as one of the most traumatic events that can occur in adult life. This qualitative study examined the grief resolution process of 27
Spouses were correlated in their attitudes about communication, but women valued open communication significantly more than men, and positive attitudes were related to marital satisfaction but not grief.
This descriptive study used qualitative methods to look at two aspects of the search for meaning in parental bereavement - the search for cognitive mastery and the search for renewed purpose. One
`Ambiguous Loss': Managing the Dialectics of Grief Associated with Premature Birth
This study used a dialectical framework to examine the communication of family members who experienced the ambiguous loss of a premature birth. The parents' uncertainty about their baby's prematurity
Marriage and Divorce among Bereaved Parents in a Self-Help Group
The death of a child is one of the most difficult griefs in contemporary society. This study using the participant observation method examines the relationship between the bereaved father and mother
Paternal and maternal coping with the death of a child
Abstract Parents' coping strategies in dealing with a child's death and gender differences in coping were studied. Twenty-five married couples who lost their child were interviewed and given an
Similarities and Differences in Spouses Coping with SIDS
Bereaved parents' marital relationships may be at high risk for problems after a SIDS death because of coping differences between spouses. Five coping patterns developed in prior studies of SIDS
This study addressed the issues of how men experienced their emotional adjustment to the death of a child from cancer, as well as how they dealt with the normative imperatives of the bereaved father
Self‐disclosure and identity management by bereaved parents
This paper studies constraints on self‐disclosure in interactions between bereaved parents and “civilians,”; or those who are not bereaved parents. The problem of self‐disclosure is examined through