Spring 5-19-2016

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)



First Advisor

Mrinal Sinha


There is much empirically based research and case studies in the area of grief itself but few that focus on traumatic grief. For the purpose of this study, we will focus on traumatic grief as it applies to the death of a child. Traumatic grief is defined as a grave form of bereavement that comes about when the death of a loved one is caused by an accident, an impaired driver, SIDS, homicide, suicide, or an act of terrorism. There is no time to say goodbye. The research that has been done indicates that with these types of death, the time it takes to grieve is prolonged over a greater period. The biographies written by five parents (N=5) whose child had died in a traumatic incident were used in this study. The evidence gathered from the readings indicates that with a traumatic death, the grieving period is greater in length. Real world application for this type of study would be to provide valuable information to those who council grief stricken parents. Their needs are unique to the type of death of their child and the methods to offer support to them need to be tailored to their specific set of circumstances. It is warranted and necessary.