Date of Graduation

Fall 2012

Degree

Master of Arts in Communication

Department

Communication

Committee Chair

Heather Carmack

Keywords

autoethnography, crystallization, mixed methods, grief, bereavement family communication, tragic loss

Subject Categories

Communication

Abstract

This thesis explores the multifaceted experiences of an unexpected death in an Evangelical family. By crystallizing three methodological approaches to research, the thesis uncovers the experiences of the grief process from quantitative, qualitative, and rhetorical frames. A content analysis of personal messages written in sympathy cards, a qualitative study of a grieving Evangelical family and Burke's Pentad are placed in dialogue with each other as this thesis culls out the multiple truths that are present in the complex beauties of grief. Finally, the thesis puts a unique perspective on the mixing of methods in the author's first person autoethnographical account drawing out the co-constructed nature of both individualized and familial grief.

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© David Van Bebber Jr.

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