This study examines changes in bereaved parents’ identities following the death of a child. The bereaved parents in this study experienced two dialectical contradictions of identity, which are: (a) a parent without a child to parent and (b) I’m an outsider- I’m an insider. Results describe how parents used communication to negotiate these contradictions of identity. Implications for the study of parental bereavement, communication, and identity are discussed.
Toller, Paige W., "Bereaved Parents' Negotiation of Identity Following the Death of a Child" (2008). Communication Faculty Publications. 77.