Autoethnography is a transformative qualitative research method that has the power to heal self and society after traumatic events (personal and collective). It is a bridge between the subjective inner world of spirit and memory with the outer world of objectivity and culture. Autoethnography is a powerful tool for manifesting change in the world. In this paper, I will address autoethnography as a transformative methodology in relationship to my father’s death when I was a young child, demonstrate the therapeutic aspects of personal narrative, and quickly address some of the ethical challenges with the process.
autoethnography, personal narrative, qualitative research, storytelling, transformative research
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Custer, D. (2022). A Father’s Death: The Therapeutic Power of Autoethnography. The Qualitative Report, 27(2), 340-347. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2022.5367