Grief and Bereavement

Productivity in Thanatology: An International Analysis

Delighted to announce the publication of Productivity in Thanatology: An International Analysis. I was responsible for compiling and coding data spanning 20 years 1991 to 2010. This is a major accomplishment. My presence will serve to help open the doors for other women and girls in this science.

Omega – The Journal Of Death And Dying (Farmindale). Sept, 2016, Vol. 73 Issue 4, p340, 15 p.

*To read the research:…/full/10.1177/0030222815590729

Productivity in thanatology: an international analysis

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Doka, Kenneth J.
Neimeyer, Robert A.
Wittkowski, Joachim
Vallerga, Michael
Currelley, Lorraine.

Description: To provide a systematic view of the development of scholarly productivity in thanatology, we coded over 1,550 articles published in the field’s leading journals, Omega and Death Studies, for the 20-year period from 1991 to 2010. Tracing trends in the authorship of this evolving literature, we report evidence for (a) the increasing feminization of the field, reflected in the elimination of the gender imbalance in authorship that previously favored male scholars, (b) the emergence of larger and more cohesive networks of collaboration in the production of research, and (c) the diversification in nationality of authorship, signaled by a substantial surge in both the number of countries producing such research and in the percentage of the overall literature arising outside the traditionally American ‘home base’ of the field. Taken together, these trends suggest maturation of thanatology as a scientific area, as well as the productivity of the individual scholars who jointly comprise this interdisciplinary specialty. Keywords scholarly productivity, thanatology research DOI: 10.1177/0030222815590729
Source: Omega – The Journal Of Death And Dying (Farmindale). Sept, 2016, Vol. 73 Issue 4, p340, 15 p.

Defining Grief: What is Grief?

Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion for people, regardless of whether their sadness stems from the loss of a loved one, or news of a terminal diagnosis they or someone they love have received.

They might find themselves feeling numb and removed from daily life, unable to carry on with regular duties while saddled with their sense of loss.

Grief is the natural reaction to loss. Grief is both a universal and a personal experience. Individual experiences of grief vary and are influenced by the nature of the loss. Some examples of loss include the death of a loved one, the ending of an important relationship, job loss, loss through theft or the loss of independence through disability.

Experts advise those grieving to realize they can’t control the process and to prepare for varying stages of grief. Understanding why they’re suffering can help, as can talking to others and trying to resolve issues that cause significant emotional pain, such as feeling guilty for a loved one’s death.

Mourning can last for months or years. Generally, pain is tempered as time passes and as the bereaved adapts to life without a loved one, to the news of a terminal diagnosis or to the notion that someone they love may die.

Do not hesitate to consult with a professional trained in grief and bereavement.


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