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Living Memory Home: Understanding Continuing Bond in the Digital Age through Backstage Grieving

She, Wan Jou, Siriaraya, Panote, Ang, Chee Siang, Prigerson, Holly (2021) Living Memory Home: Understanding Continuing Bond in the Digital Age through Backstage Grieving. In: CHI '21: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. . ACM ISBN 978-1-4503-8096-6. (doi:10.1145/3411764.3445336) (KAR id:85592)

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Abstract

Prolong Grief Disorder (PGD) is a condition in which mourners are stuck in the grief process for a prolonged period and continue to suffer from an intense, mal-adaptive level of grief. Despite the increased popularity of virtual mourning practices, and subsequently the emergence of HCI research in this area, there is little research looking into how continuing bonds maintained digitally promote or impede bereavement adjustment. Through a one-month diary study and in-depth interviews with 17 participants who recently lost their loved ones, we identified four broad mechanisms of how grievers engage in what we called "backstage" grieving (as opposed to bereavement through digital public space like social media). We further discuss how this personal and private grieving is important in maintaining emotional well-being hence avoiding developing PGD, as well as possible design opportunities and challenges for future digital tools to support grieving.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/3411764.3445336
Uncontrolled keywords: Prolonged Grief Disorder, Continuous Bonds, Digital Grieving, Thanatosensitive technology
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.9.H85 Human computer interaction
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Signature Themes: Future Human
Depositing User: Jim Ang
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2021 14:50 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 12:42 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/85592 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ang, Chee Siang: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1109-9689
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