Grief and everyday life: Bereaved parents' negotiations of presence across media

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  • Dorthe Refslund Christensen
  • Kjetil Sandvik
This chapter demonstrates how everyday practices among parents who suffer the loss of a child include the use of both analogue and digital means, both established media and materialities occasionally functioning as media in order to create meaning-making relations to the dead child, the bereaved as well as to the surrounding world. Based on an in-depth interview with a mother to a dead child combined with 8 years of observation studies and qualitative content analyses of both children’s graves and online memory profiles, this chapter explains how these are articulated through everyday media use. The chapter focuses on the cross media connection between offline and online activities and
demonstrates how the loss of a child initiates processes which are not about letting go and moving on but rather keeping hold while moving on articulated through communicational practices of keeping a sense of presence to the physically absent child.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Media and the Mundane : Communication Across Media in Everyday Life
EditorsKjetil Sandvik, Anne Mette Thorhauge, Bjarki Valtysson
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationGöteborg
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-91-87957-38-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-91-87957-39-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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