Research Proposal on the Concept of Grief

ResearchProposal on the Concept of Grief

Statementof Purpose

Duringmy studies, I felt that much had not been done on the concept ofgrief and grieving. Due to lack of enough literature on the conceptof grief, I decided to carry out research on this concept. My coreaim is to pioneer new ideas on the concept of grief that will benefitthe society.

AnIntegrated Literature Review: The Concept of Grief

Itis an irony that not much research has been done on the concept ofgrief, yet it is an unavoidable circumstance that one everyoneundergoes at some point in life (Chesney et al., 2015). However, mostscientists have blamed the slow development of the notion of thehighly dynamic nature of grief. Such a nature has made it hard tohave a standard definition of the subject because most descriptiontends to leave out some important constituents which can interferewith the meaning. This situation has resulted in the existence ofmultiple definitions which people chose according to how theyperceive the matter as well as their needs at that particular time.For instance, Chesney describes grief as a widespread, highlyindividualized and dynamic process that occur as a response to theloss of something or someone that used to be dear to the victim(Chesney et al., 2015). Lack of clarity regarding the concept ofgrieving made it hard for nurses to devise appropriate techniques ofhandling people who are in agony, for example, a nurse dealing withmany patients might get confused concerning patients’ reactionsconcerning particular losses that can be brought about by differentmedical conditions.


Althoughgrief has always been part of humanity since the ancient times, itwas not until in early twentieth century when the first attempt toanalyze the notion of mourning was made. Feud (1917-1957) was thefirst person to formulate a theory on grief in his paper “Mourningand Melancholia”. Feud believed that dealing with grief involvescomplete readjustment of an individual’s life through breaking tieswith what one has lost, devising new ways of living without the thingthat has been lost and establishing new relations. The process ofadjustment is both emotionally and physically engaging as involvesacknowledgment of the pain which reduces with time. Feud insists thateveryone should undergo the mourning process if they are to heal(Chesney et al., 2015). Feud’s theory remained relevant for almosthalf a century. Although new ideas were developed later on in thesame century, they all agreed with Feud’s principles such asexperiencing the pain was the only way of achieving full recovery.Later in, the process of grieving was organized into predictablestages, and some of the long-held perceptions that had no proof werediscarded (Chesney et al., 2015). For example, research indicateshealing can occur without undergoing the entire process of grieving.

Rationaleof the Hypothesis

Despitethe significant changes that humanity has achieved throughtechnology, we have not been able to change our fate. People stillsuccumb to conditions such as cancer and diabetes as well asaccidents meaning that someone is mourning at any given moment(Chesney et al,. 2015). The grief encompasses multiple issues such aloss of an organ due to accidents or in the course of treatment,getting diagnosed with an untreatable disease or even loss of afamily member. Such examples illustrate that there is a link betweenlife and grief. Therefore, devising appropriate ways of dealing withgrief means improving the quality of life this assumption can besupported by the idea that reduction of grieving period decreasesharm hat can arise from the whole process. This paper aims toillustrate the urgent need of expounding the notion of grief withinthe medical field.


Thetechnique used to search for information was simple as it involvedtyping the keyword which was “grief” in this case. Although theresources were published at different times, there is a high level ofconsistency of the information they present. However, each referencetends to use a distinct style in illustrating its data. Theliterature that has been used points out that no one is exempted fromgrief which makes the formulation of appropriate ways of dealing withit an urgent need (Chesney et al., 2015). The authors also illustratethat developments regarding the notion are relatively slow despitethe significant attention that it has been given since it was broughtto light. However, recent studies have eradicated some baselessbeliefs that were encompassed within the concept. The amount ofinformation collected from the sources emphasizes the importance ofthe idea of grief as it significantly impacts our lives.


Ideveloped a hypothesis test on, whether it is easier to cope with thedeath of a loved one, via suicide if they leave some finalcommunication (Chesney et al., 2015). Using a hypothesis test and thefive-step process, I formed to prove that, if a note is left by thosewho commit suicide, those left behind express certain kind of comfortwith their loved one’s decision. The hypothesis test gives abreakdown of why a note left behind, has the potential of providingcomfort. Besides, the null hypothesis of leaving a note can berejected. In this research, the null hypothesis will be that there isno difference in leaving or not leaving a note.


Chesney,T., Coyne, I., Logan, B., &amp Madden, N. (2015). Griefing invirtual worlds: causes, casualties and coping strategies. InformationSystems Journal,19(6),525-548.