Memorial video tribute and the enfranchised grief of a gay widower

Pentaris, Panagiotis. 2014. Memorial video tribute and the enfranchised grief of a gay widower. Thanatos, 3, pp. 31-44. ISSN 2242-6280 [Article]

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Doka (2008) introduced the term ‘disenfranchised grief ’ to refer to the form of grief that lacks
social recognition. This paper argues that disenfranchised grief can find recognition and support
via online communities, and it introduces this as enfranchised grief. Media and communication
technologies have been widely used to communicate death and dying, while a vast number of the
population, globally, has access to the information. Numerous deaths of celebrities have been
covered by the news and Internet sources with a global effect, as those have also initiated mass
feelings of grief and remembrance (i.e. Princess Diana). Video platforms online have been widely
used to upload and share memorial video tributes of loved ones. Yet it is important to remember
that the video sharing online has multiple roles to play, besides the commemoration of the
deceased. This article will focus on YouTube memorial video tributes, but not in large. It explores
gay widowers and the sense of belonging that the bereaved gain from memorial videos. Gay
widowers may adapt to the same social role as their counterparts, straight widowers, but with
higher challenges. Using the case study of Bridegroom YouTube video, this article will expand on
how YouTube memorial video tributes may serve as the mean for a sense of belonging and
acceptance of the role of the griever. With this exemplar, the form of enfranchised grief in the
online communities is suggested. This article draws from a content analysis of a ten-minute

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Faiths and Civil Society


February 2014Published

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08 Dec 2014 12:01

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07 Oct 2022 13:16

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