Erika Knorr

Research Project

The Social Constructs of Grief


My name is Erika Knorr. I am a fourth-year Professional Communications student at Toronto Metropolitan University. I have decided to study how society shapes the grief process, inspired by my encounters with grief. After losing my dad, I began to understand how isolating the grief journey can be and was motivated to further understand how other’s grief journeys are shaped by society and how society could do better to support those grappling with loss.

Research Summary

A text analysis was undertaken, examining 10 TikTok videos wherein creators shared their personal encounters with grief. From each video, 10 comments were selected, resulting in a total of 100 comments. These comments underwent analysis to identify recurring themes and discern whether the overall response to grief tended towards supportiveness or lack thereof.

Research Poster

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