Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Communication
military culture, bereavement, death and dying, death in the military, narrative theory
Every year, many U.S. military families are affected by service-related deaths. However, little is known about how grief and bereavement processes are affected by military service and military culture. This study examines the experiences of military widows through qualitative, in-depth interviews. Each interview is analyzed according to narrative theory in order to understand how the participants understand their experiences with bereavement. From the data, four main themes emerge to explain how widows identify and make sense of widowhood and bereavement: (1) Shifting Identities, (2) Social Support, (3) Fractured Bereavement, and (4) (Un)Structuring Military Loss.
© Erin Christine Wehrman
Wehrman, Erin Christine, "“I Was Their Worst Nightmare”: The Narrative Experience of Military Widows" (2012). MSU Graduate Theses. 1052.