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Keywords

Grief; Consolation; Wit and humor -- Therapeutic use;

Abstract

Humor is more than just laughter. It is a device that is rarely acknowledged as an important coping tool (Klein, 1989). Humor has been used successfully to diminish discomfort, manage sensitive situations, reduce anxiety, and enhance communication (DeSpelder & Strickland, 1992; Johnson, 1990). Humor is a key element in the human repertoire (Nahemow, 1986). It can be an important means of coping that gives a new perspective to situations. Grief is also a part of the human repertoire. There are numerous emotional reactions (heartbreak, anguish, anger, disgust, etc.) involved in the grief process. Each person has his or her own unique individual way of facing a loss. Although grief and humor are "normal" human responses (DeSpelder & Strickland, 1992; Rodgers & Cowles, 1 991; Safford, 1991 ; Vickio, Cavanaugh, & Attig, 1990), there has not been much research conducted combining these two topics.

Year of Submission

1995

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

First Advisor

Jeffrey S. Ashby

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Date Original

1995

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1 PDF file (31 leaves)

Language

en

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