Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Grief; Consolation; Wit and humor -- Therapeutic use;
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
Master of Arts
Department of Educational Administration and Counseling
Jeffrey S. Ashby
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©1995 Shelia D. Behrens
Behrens, Shelia D., "Humor and grief" (1995). Graduate Research Papers. 2049.