2020 Research in the Capitol

Presentation Type

Open Access Poster Presentation

Keywords

Bereavement; Death--Psychological aspects;

Abstract

Death is a taboo subject in American society, yet it affects everyone at some point in life. By looking at conversations surrounding death from a sociological perspective, I study the association between conversations about death and the grief of those left behind. Using the Changing Lives of Older Couples dataset, I am conducting a secondary data analysis to study the relationship between talking about death with a spouse before death, and the denial and mental health impacts on the widow after death. By understanding how conversations about death may be related to positive or negative outcomes, we can better support those suffering the loss of a loved one as a society.

Start Date

24-3-2020 11:00 AM

End Date

24-3-2020 2:30 PM

Event Host

University Honors Programs, Iowa Regent Universities

Faculty Advisor

Ashleigh Kysar-Moon

Department

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

File Format

application/pdf

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Mar 24th, 11:00 AM Mar 24th, 2:30 PM

Let’s Talk About Death: Conversation and Bereavement in Late-Life Widows and Widowers

Death is a taboo subject in American society, yet it affects everyone at some point in life. By looking at conversations surrounding death from a sociological perspective, I study the association between conversations about death and the grief of those left behind. Using the Changing Lives of Older Couples dataset, I am conducting a secondary data analysis to study the relationship between talking about death with a spouse before death, and the denial and mental health impacts on the widow after death. By understanding how conversations about death may be related to positive or negative outcomes, we can better support those suffering the loss of a loved one as a society.