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A couple of days before I graduated with my Ph.D. another of my co-researchers died—this time, unexpectedly.

Community psychologists and any applied researchers who examine difficult issues that play out at the individual level as deep personal pain. But it’s another level of grief when your “participants” become your colleagues, your friends.

How do we manage?

How do I account for this pain when I report findings in a neat, concise article, devoid of emotional language? How do I pay tribute to the people who shared their lived experiences?

Does my pain and grief belong in science?

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