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Memorial playgrounds: Special ways of coping with extreme loss


Sandberg, Birgitta; Hurmerinta, Leila; Menzfeld, Mira (2023). Memorial playgrounds: Special ways of coping with extreme loss. Death Studies, 47(7):792-803.

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The purpose of this study was to understand how active coping with extreme loss takes place when creating memorial playgrounds, as well as in relation to existing memorial playgrounds. Using qualitative methods and drawing from 63 cases, the research enriches our understanding of bereavement by revealing the central mechanisms through which active coping takes place and by presenting the distinct elements that the mechanisms are composed of. The study contributes to the research on bereavement by showing how active coping takes place both as an outcome of and during the memorial creation process.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to understand how active coping with extreme loss takes place when creating memorial playgrounds, as well as in relation to existing memorial playgrounds. Using qualitative methods and drawing from 63 cases, the research enriches our understanding of bereavement by revealing the central mechanisms through which active coping takes place and by presenting the distinct elements that the mechanisms are composed of. The study contributes to the research on bereavement by showing how active coping takes place both as an outcome of and during the memorial creation process.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Institute of Religious Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:200 Religion
Uncontrolled Keywords:Memorial playgrounds, loss of children, coping strategies, death studies, memorial studies
Language:English
Date:9 August 2023
Deposited On:21 Oct 2022 05:26
Last Modified:27 Jun 2024 01:40
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0748-1187
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2022.2132320
  • Content: Published Version
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)