The societal emotional process is the idea that what is going on in society affects the family.
If your grandparents grew up in the Great Depression (the 1930s), how did it affect them? What did they pass on their children, which was then passed on to you?
If your parents immigrated from another country to Canada, what was going on in that country at that time? Was it the time when India was being split into Pakistan and India? Was it during the Islamic Revolution in Iran? Was it following the devastation of Europe from WW II?