Bereavement photography, volunteering, and posttraumatic growth: A mixed-methods investigation

Kitty Vivekananda, Uyen Ong, Gerald Wurf, Levita D’Souza, Rosanna Giosserano, Sharon Licqurish

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Bereavement photography has been recognized as an important tool to create memories and as a support service for parents experiencing perinatal loss. This paper explores the impact of volunteering on posttraumatic growth among photographers working with parents impacted by stillbirth. Using a mixed-methods design, 141 Australian and New Zealand volunteer bereavement photographers were recruited. Higher number of losses experienced by photographers were correlated with a higher level of posttraumatic growth. Volunteering was associated with an enhanced understanding of loss, increased empathy for bereaved parents, developing effective coping skills and a renewed appreciation of photography. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-380
Number of pages10
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number4
Early online date22 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2023


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