Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Advisor

Professor Alison Garton


This research is a journey our destination is an increased understanding of The Map of Loss (Snyder. 1999) and the potential it offers for connection and growth. The Map of Loss is a simple. easy to remember picture that explains complex psychological processes everyone goes through during life. Creating metaphors using pictures. creative activities and everyday language. The Map is a unique approach to understanding life. The Map presents a visual guide to the importance of balance in our lives. and provides us with an opportunity to realise connections between our actions. thoughts. feelings. and beliefs and the meaning we attach to our experiences. The Map is a means of understanding the process of change it is about making life real. about bringing together. linking and embracing our humanity. In undertaking this study I have utilised a mix of method. principles and practice, with the aim of providing an interpretive portrayal of lhe processes and adaptations of The Map. The purpose of the study was to explore the qualities of The Map of Loss. to identify the important features. aspects and theoretical underpinnings of The Map. which have not been written about before. The locus was on understanding why and how prolessionals (collaborators) were using The Map in various settings with differing populations.