The poetry of grief: Beyond scientific portrayal

Margaret Stroebe

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Abstract

To comprehend grief, we need knowledge about the range of diverse reactions incorporated within it. While scientists have documented the phenomena and manifestations following the loss of a loved one in quite some detail, poets can add to our understanding by portraying these vividly, bringing the feelings to life. In this article, I map the array of grief reactions identified in scientific investigations. I then go on to give short, selective illustrations from poetry, ones that have enhanced my own understanding of grief. These choices are naturally influenced by my own preferences; I include those that I find personally appealing and evocative of the multifaceted manifestations of grief. My aim is to demonstrate the value of artistic representation for scientific comprehension.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-96
Number of pages30
JournalOmega : journal of death and dying
Volume78
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2018

Keywords

  • SOCIAL SUPPORT
  • BEREAVEMENT
  • ADJUSTMENT
  • LONELINESS
  • SYMPTOMS

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