The Account-Making Process: A Phenomenological Approach

  • Ann L. Weber


Participants in a summer Elderhostel course on grief were invited to complete open-ended questionnaires about their personal experiences in responding to the loss of an important close relationship.


Personal Relationship Phenomenological Approach Account Research Phenomenological Perspective Life Space 
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