Year: 2010 Source: Adult Education Quarterly, v.60, no.2, (2010), p.99-121 SIEC No: 20100241

This article examines suicide bereavement through the lens of transformative learning. Its purpose is twofold: first, to analyse the dynamics of the grieving process & the transformative experience of the bereaved; second, to use this analysis to draw implications for theory, practice, & research on transformative learning. It is a study of the way in which those bereaved by suicide construct meaning about the self-volition of death & their ongoing relationships with the deceased, themselves, & significant others. The limitations of transformative learning theory are discussed in relation to the tension between cognition & affect, the role of relationships, & underlying conceptions of self. (53 refs.)