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Music and bereavement: Exploring how music can help when dealing with loss

Crowe, Dean (2020) Music and bereavement: Exploring how music can help when dealing with loss. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This project focused on the subjective use of music when dealing with bereavement. The main aim of this study was to look at how/if the deceased has impacted the relationship with music for the bereaved individual while also focusing on how the bereaved has used music to help them when dealing with the loss of their loved one. Data was collected for this study through the use of eight (N = 8) semi structured interviews. These interviews were subject to thematic analysis as described by Braun and Clarke (2006). Three main themes emerged from the analysis, “Memories of music associated with the deceased”, “Importance of music”, and, “Personal use of music following bereavement”. The results suggested that all of the participants engagement with music was impacted by the deceased either before or after their passing and that music was useful for the majority of participants in helping them after bereavement. While this study did answer the research question it put forth, it is important to note it did not aim to generalize these findings to the overall population. However, for further research this study proposes that there should be more research in the same vein as the current study as it is important to learn more about the bereaved individuals subjective use of music following bereavement.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 26 May 2021 13:45
Last Modified: 26 May 2021 13:45
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4847

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