Grief and Loss: Reflections Along the Journey to Healing

  • Kenya Yonawa McKinley Mississipp State University


The grieving process is fraught with emotions that ebb and flow as one attempts to face the challenges and obstacles associated with grief. This paper examines the lived experiences of an academician, who diligently searched for opportunities to use grief experiences as mechanisms for transformation and education. A re-examination of the stage theory of grief offers a perspective on how one traverses the unexplored passages of grief. This paper examines a personal account of loss and grief, and moves into contextualizing the parallels that exist between grief and the change process that happens as one learns from a traumatic life event.

Author Biography

Kenya Yonawa McKinley, Mississipp State University
Dr. Kenya McKinley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and she teaches in the Social Work Program at Mississippi State University.
How to Cite
MCKINLEY, Kenya Yonawa. Grief and Loss: Reflections Along the Journey to Healing. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, [S.l.], v. 22, n. 3, p. 12-17, oct. 2017. ISSN 1080-0220. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 23 mar. 2018.


grief theory, grief, reflection