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Throughout the semester you have gained knowledge about death, grief, and loss. The final paper gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge about course topics through the process of making connections to personal stories. Students should identify at least four online compelling personal stories related to death, grief, and loss. Losses may include non-death related loss. Ideally, the personal stories you select should have helped you to understand what the person felt before, during, and following the loss. At a minimum, there needs to be information in the story that discusses experiences following the loss.

In the past, students have asked if they could include personal story information from a friend or family member. You may substitute one online personal story for an interview with a friend or family member. Do not forget to include information about their experiences following the loss.

Assignment Highlights

  • Select at least four stories (related to death, non-death related losses, grief) that at a minimum explain the person's experiences following the loss.
  • Stories should be summarized.
  • Incorporate specific details and connections about death, grief, and loss from course content.
    • Utilizes specific names of concepts, and link this information to the stories summarized. At a minimum, three specific concepts from course content should be included in each story. Please do not repeat the same concepts for each story; use a variety to demonstrate your knowledge. Note: Writing that a person has a non-death loss is not considered a specific connection, as this is general information. Another example: Indicating the person's partner died by suicide and the book discussed suicide, is not considered a specific connection.
    • An outside reader should be able to see the connections present in the summary information.
  • Include information about what you learned from reading these stories as it connects to the course content in the conclusion.

Stories should come from at least three different websites (i.e., all stories should not come from the same website). The stories should relate to different topic areas (i.e., not necessarily all about suicide). One of the personal stories may be from a video. If you choose to use a video, ensure there is enough information in the video to write about the person's personal experiences following the loss.


  • Minimum word count: 1300 words (please do not inadvertently count the references page). Maximum 1800 words.
  • Double-Spaced
  • May Use First Person
  • Use headings for each story
  • APA: Cite sources (in-text citations)
  • Use APA for your reference page.

Note: Please do not share stories with other students in the class to create more opportunities for unique assignment submissions. "Great minds think alike," so I anticipate there may naturally be a few similarities in stories. Stories should be different than the ones shared in class by the Instructor.

Criteria/Element Points Possible 40 points Description
Introduction4Includes a brief introduction that highlights the types of personal stories discussed in the paper.
Personal story summaries15Provides insightful and specific details about the stories. The narrative of the person was evident in the paper. The information is written in a manner that shows at a minimum what the person felt following the loss. Details are provided that answer the questions "at a minimum" that are to be included in the assignment. Synthesis is apparent in the manner the stories were summarized.
Making Connections12Provides specific details and connections about death, grief, and loss from course content. Utilizes specific names of concepts and links this information to the stories summarized. At a minimum, each story had three specific connections. The same connections were not repeated for every story.
Conclusion Information5
Provided a conclusion about what was learned from reading these stories. Ties all of the stories together as part of the "end" of the paper.
Written Communication4Language clearly and effectively communicates ideas to the reader. Errors related to mechanics of writing (grammar, sentence structure) are minimal and do not impact readability. Transitions between ideas enhance the overall presentation of the assignment. Writing presents as well-organized, well-developed, and expressed with clarity. Sentence fluency enhances the presentation of the assignment. Word choice connects to the writing style of the assignment. Proofreading is evident based on few errors related to basic mechanics of writing.

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Exploring Personal Stories Bart Sumner The first story I chose to write about is titled, “Birthdays and the Could Have Beens,” by Bart Sumner. In this grief story, a man talks about his son, whom he lost to a football accident when he was ten years old. The story was written to commemorate his 14th birthday. In this piece, Bart describes how sad he is about all the moments that his son never got to have, such as first love, teenage rebellion, and parenthood. Bart also talks about his own sadness over not getting to watch his son go through these moments, to not have his son there with him as he gets older. He describes some of the moments he got with his son, but also describes how horrible the loss of an only son is for their father. This story also describes the boy’s younger sister’s grief, and the guilt that Bart experiences for the effect his and her mother’s grief must have had on her. He says, “…his younger sister has seen that mom and dad are not perfect. She has seen us cry, and be petty and even mean at times because of the grief we encountered.” Bart also talks about how important open communication has been for their family through their grief. One major point of this story is that grief is not linear, and it does not end after just a year. This father is still grieving four years later, and most likely will continue to grieve long past this article. That is okay and healthy. Another reason I shared this story is because it goes against the social norm of “masculine grief (Corr, 2013).” Bart Sumner discusses communication, crying, sadness, and lost dreams in a blog post on a support group website. The idea of “masculine grief” discusses the idea the men hide their emotions and are less open to discussing them with others (Corr, 2013). I like how this story defies the norm and shows that men can share their emotions too. Lastly, though Bart felt guilty for showing grief behaviors, as we discussed with developmental perspectives, it is actually beneficial for a child to see their parents model grief behaviors to show that it is okay to be upset, crying, or angry (p.377, Corr, 2013). References Chelsea (2017, December 8). Chelsea: I am the face of stillbirth. Faces of Loss. Retrieved from http://facesofloss.com/2017/12/8584.html#more-8584 Corr, C. A. (2013). Death & Dying, Life & Living, 7th Edition. [Bookshelf Online]. Retrieved from https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781133710578/ Fuller, D. (2015, April 20). My daughter, who lost her battle with mental illness, is still the bravest person I know. Huffington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/ national/health-science/the-demons-got-my-beautifulloving-daughter/2015/04/20/cdaaa338-dfc2-11e4-a1b8-2ed88bc190d2_story. html?utm_term=.6dd408519865 Magill, L. (2016, July 1). No deal, Dexamethasone the drug that deserves its own blog? [blog post]. Terminally Fabulous. Retrieved from http://www.terminallyfabulous.com/ blog/no-deal-dexamethasone-the-drug-that-deserves-its-own-blog Sumner, B. (2013, August 13). Birthdays and the “could have beens.” Hello Grief. Retrieved from http://www.hellogrief.org/birthdays-and-the-could-have-beens/
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Exploring Personal Stories
Her by Christa Parravani
I find to need the reason for beginning with a story titled "Her" by Christa Parravan. That
is a sad story; a sister discusses the demise of her twin sister which was because of assault. The
storyteller uncovers her troubled personality of losing a perfect partner twin in vague condition.
The story demonstrates the assault occurrence where Edgardo Hernandez (the rapist) did that
unforgivable sin on Care. Christa portrays a few minutes with her sister Care since adolescence.
She indicates how they used to contend together, appreciate diversions in school together and
notwithstanding holding moving sessions together. The story demonstrates how Christa, care and
their mom had persevered through troublesome minutes beginning from their previous dad and
the present advance dad who had practically comparable character(abusive). This story
additionally portrays their mom's distress and the blame that Christa encounters for the impact
her mom's anguish more likely than not had on her. The story outlines the agony Christa
Parravanni experienced for the loss of her solitary twin sister. She continues portraying how she
saw her sister in a coffin with a chiffon dress which is a similar dress she had put on amid
Christa's wedding. Presently she was pondering to see her in the material however in an alternate
condition. She clarifies that minute as a minute which is past human experience.

The motivation behind why I thought that it was necessary to share this story is because it
shares some untrustworthiness and law infringement in the general public which has an
expansive. Like assault, influences Care to lose centre and importance of life which make her, in
the long run, lose a life. The second reason which made me share this the story is that




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