Approaching Bereavement Research with Heartfelt Positivity

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    Purpose This chapter critically engages with a positively oriented emotional reflexivity with the aim of improving inclusivity in bereavement research. Methodology/Approach The heartfelt positivity methodology intentionally creates positivity through the everyday practices of academic research. In this chapter, emotional reflexivity is guided by the heartfelt positivity methodology to identify and learn from collaborators emotions. It focuses on collaborators whose involvement in the academic community falls beyond that of the immediate research team at different stages of bereavement research. Findings The emotions of collaborators involved in bereavement research have been overlooked, yet their inclusion reveals a significant potential for the sanctioning of bereaved mothers potential participation in bereavement-focused research or breastmilk donation programmes. Key learnings that may be applied to conducting future bereavement research are (i) the potential for collaborators to also be bereaved parents (ii) the continued need to strive for the inclusion of bereaved parents in research and (iii) to extend the methodological principle of emotional reflexivity to include research collaborators when researching emotionally sensitive topics. Originality/Value This chapter argues that bereaved mothers knowledge and practices of thriving in hard times can either be fostered or derailed at different stages of the research cycle depending on which narratives frame human suffering. For researchers and collaborators, emotional reflexivity is crucial to inclusive research practices and knowledge translation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEmotion and the Researcher: Sites, Subjectivities, and Relationships
    EditorsTracey Loughran and Dawn Mannay
    Place of PublicationUK
    PublisherEmerald Publishing
    Pages97 - 112
    ISBN (Print)978-1-78714-611-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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