On the Death of My Sister

On the Death of My Sister : A Crystallized Account of Family Grief and Bereavement

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This book explores the multifaceted experiences of an unexpected death in an Evangelical family. By crystallizing three methodological approaches to research, the book uncovers the experiences of the grief process from quantitative, qualitative, and rhetorical frames. A content analysis of personal messages written in sympathy cards, a qualitative study of a grieving Evangelical family and Burke's Pentad are placed in dialogue with each other as this book culls out the multiple truths that are present in the complex beauties of grief. Finally, the thesis puts a unique perspective on the mixing of methods in the author's first person autoethnographical account drawing out the co-constructed nature of both individualized and familial grief.
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About MR David Guy Van Bebber Jr

David Guy Van Bebber Jr. is pastor at FBC Buffalo, in Buffalo Mo., and he is a member of The Missouri Baptist Apologetics Network. Pastor Dave holds an M.A. in Communication from Missouri State University, an M.A. in Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Communication from Southwest Baptist University. He is working towards his doctorate degree in Theology (Th. D.) at Columbia Evangelical Seminary. Mr. Van Bebber blogs, and he has published numerous articles on the Missouri Baptist Apologetics Network page. Mr. Van Bebber's Master's Thesis, On the Death of my Sister: A Crystalized Account of Family Grief and Bereavement, was the first Master's Thesis to apply Laura Ellingson's qualitative methodology Crystalization. Dave taught for five years at the university and college level, he is an army veteran, and he is an incomplete paraplegic. Mr. Van Bebber is also a member of Pi Kappa Delta the nation's oldest speech honorary, and he serves on the Advisory Board for the non-profit Be Civil, Be Heard. He is married to Valerie Van Bebber, and the two have four children.
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