Year: 2003 Source: Canadian Journal of Social Psychology, v.18, no.1-2, (2003), p.23-53 SIEC No: 20070556

This study used a grounded theory approach to examine the bereavement process for adolescents who experienced the sudden death of a sibling. Interviews conducted with 6 adolescents, within 7 years of their sibling’s death, provided the major sources of data. Two of the adolescents were bereaved by suicide. Findings indicate the bereavement process is variable & encompasses 5 stages: finding out; avoiding reality; facing reality; turning the corner; & finding new meaning versus ending the search. In each of the stages the adolescent focuses on the basic psychological process of the search for new meaning. (41 refs.)