And Coyote Howled: Listening to the Call of Interpretive Inquiry


  • Kate Melissa Beamer University of Calgary



In this article, I explore aspects of grief and the surprising mirroring of hermeneutic research and the experience of grief. Neither grief or hermeneutic research are predictable, formulaic, or without surprises, and both require patience, humility, and an openness to what comes to greet us in the nature of aletheia.


Author Biography

Kate Melissa Beamer, University of Calgary

Educational researcher with a background in using hermeneutics to develop a curriculum to educate undisclosed child sexual abuse survivors. Now work in Research Services as a Research Ethics Analyst, specializing in the CFREB and qualitative research methods.


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