Narratives of Loss: Exploring Grief through Photography



Grief is not an exclusively private and intrapsychic phenomenon but a dynamic process whereby the bereaved negotiates the meaning of the loss in a way that may challenge his/her personal self-narrative. Drawing on a social constructionist model of grief, this paper features a case study where we analyse narratives of mourning elicited through a personal photographic project. The visual-based narrative methodology used in our study (photo-production) not only allows for multi-modal forms of expression and communication in the study of grief, but it also serves as an aid for individuals to scaffold further meaning-making processes which cannot be conveyed through narrative alone. The paper concludes with an invitation to reflect on the use of photography as both a possible methodological tool to explore narratives of grief and a therapeutic tool for the construction of meanings and continuing bonds with the deceased.

Jiménez-Alonso, B., & de Luna, I. B. (2021). Narratives of Loss: Exploring Grief through Photography. Qualitative Studies, 6(1), 91–115.

Ignacio Brescó de Luna (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)