Marsh, Hannah (2019) An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Post Bereavement Apparitions (PBAs). Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Post bereavement apparitions (PBA’s) have been reported throughout time and culture. Traditionally, PBA’s are seen as somewhat contentious within the research. Although, newer theories surrounding bereavement focus on individuality and continued bonds PBAs are somewhat stigmatised. Additionally, research that explores the experience of PBAs is limited. To address this an IPA approach was undertaken to provide a detailed, personal and contextual view on the phenomenon and to explore individuals’ personal experiences and their individual interpretations of PBAs. A small homogenous sample of eight individuals was selected and interviewed on the basis of meeting the criteria of having a PBA. After thorough analysis six overarching themes were identified: Initial nature of loss , bonds individuals share within life and thereafter, the absolute certainty and ‘realness’ of the apparition, the endeavour to understand an intricate experience, positive attributes provide by the experience and one’s own view of the external world’s perceptions. Overall, the main significant finding was that PBAs are positive for individuals and provided an important aspect to the individual’s life, as well being experienced as very real regardless of external perceptions. The importance of normalising these experiences has been highlighted. These findings are discussed in relation to previous research and theory. Following on from this reflexivity was presented, as well as strengths and limitations and future research directions within the area.

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