Finding the findings....

When I started this research I thought I knew what I was going to find - how very naive.  Each and every time I complete an interview with a participant I hear new things.  In research you are supposed to reach "data saturation" where you get to a point where each interview is offering nothing new to the research, where things have already been said by previous participants.  However, when researching grief and bereavement each story is so very personal, so very personal that I really do not see when I can reach data saturation.  

I think the lesson to learn from this is there really is no norm, no correct way to grieve and that the very thought that grief has stages to be worked through in order to reach "closure" or the ability to "move on" is just not how people experience grief.