The Lived Experience of Losing a Sibling through Murder

  • Gertie Pretorius
  • Julia Halstead-Cleak
  • Brandon Morgan

Abstract

This study explores the grief experiences of young adults in the aftermath of the murder of a sibling. Three young adults were recruited to participate in interviews in which they described their lived experience of loss. Data collection and the subsequent analyses were guided by a phenomenological research design and resulted in the identification of seven major themes, namely (1) shock and disbelief, (2) recollection, guilt and self-blame, (3) rupture and fragmentation, (4) support, (5) justice and revenge, (6) reformulation, and (7) resilience, healing and growth. These themes are discussed with reference to the findings of other documented studies, and the implications for practitioners working with bereaved siblings of murder victims pointed to. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, May 2010, Volume 10, Edition 1

Author Biographies

Gertie Pretorius
Centre for Psychological Services and Career Development, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg
Julia Halstead-Cleak
Psychotherapy unit, Tara Hospital, Johannesburg, Johannesburg
Brandon Morgan
Centre for Psychological Services and Career Development, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg
Published
2011-03-30
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 1445-7377
print ISSN: 2079-7222