Living through the death of a child: a qualitative study of bereaved parents’ experiences.

Price, Jayne, Jordan, Joanne, Prior, Lindsay and Parkes, Jackie (2011) Living through the death of a child: a qualitative study of bereaved parents’ experiences. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 48(11), pp. 1384-1392. ISSN (print) 0020-7489

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Abstract

DESIGN: Cross-sectional qualitative study. DATA SOURCES: Interviews with purposeful sample of 25 recently bereaved parents. METHODS: Semi-structured in-depth interviews. RESULTS: Four analytically distinct processes were identified in the responses of parents to the death of a child. These are referred to as 'piloting', 'providing', 'protecting' and 'preserving'. Regardless of individual circumstances, these processes were integral to all parents' coping, enabling an active 'doing' for their child and family throughout the trajectory of their child's illness and into bereavement. CONCLUSIONS: Facilitating the capacity of parents to 'do' is central to coping with the stress and uncertainty of living through the death of a child. The provision of informational, instrumental and emotional support by health care professionals in the context of 'doing' is core to quality palliative care.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Nursing and midwifery
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
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Depositing User: Jayne Price
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2015 12:41
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2015 12:41
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/28736

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