Understanding Bronfenbrenner's Social Ecology Model of Healing through a Case Study

3933 Words Feb 1st, 2018 16 Pages
Other models focus on how an individual interacts with the microcosm of their daily lives and how this in turn affects their interaction with all of the broader cycles of their life. This paper explores the process of grieving and healing experience by a 56-year-old woman who has just lost her husband of 30 years through the lens of Bronfenbrenner's social ecology model. This model allows for a multi-dimensional analysis of change across both time and psychosocial space. Healing after Loss

Most women will outlive their husbands or male partners. This fact arises from actuarial mathematics: Women tend to live longer than men. The actuarial facts are exaggerated by the fact that women tend to marry (or partner with) men who are older than they are, a trend that reflects cultural mores and economic dictates. Thus the profile of grief described below must be acknowledged as a common one, a fact that itself is relevant to the experience. Women know that they are likely to face a certain number of years (even, perhaps, decades) and this foreknowledge helps mitigate the pain of the experience, although of course it does not allow one to avoid the grief. Losses that we do not expect or that run counter to our sense of how the world should work can be the hardest to…