As a graduate student at Duke University, I am conducting research into how people cope after the death of a loved one in a motor vehicle crash in North Carolina.

If you are an adult (18+) whose spouse, child, parent, sibling or intimate partner died in a motor vehicle crash in North Carolina, please consider participating in this study, which has been reviewed by the Duke University Institutional Review Board. I would like to interview you about your grief experience, and what, if any, practices, tributes, memorials or objects have been part of your healing journey and remembering of your loved one.

As Joan Didion writes in her grief memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, “life changes in the instant.”

Sudden death in a motor vehicle crash is an unexpected, violent and tragic death that happens in a routine moment of time, forever altering the life of loved ones left behind, and I am honored to be able to share the stories of people with these experiences.

The information gathered will be used to inform my master’s thesis in the Graduate School at Duke. I hope that the study and thesis will assist people who have lost loved ones in a crash, promote roadway safety and potentially help individuals who provide support.

Please visit the research study page, where you can learn more about the study.