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Death Stud. 2008;32(7):658-73. doi: 10.1080/07481180802215718.

The continuing process of parental grief.

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School of Nursing, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, 29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805, USA. jarnold@aol.com

Abstract

The death of a child is an incomprehensible and devastating loss. Grief for parents is lifelong, becoming the connection between parent and child. To extend and deepen current understanding of parental grief, a new survey instrument was developed, combining quantitative and qualitative measures. The qualitative findings from this combined methodological study are presented. Parental grief themes are derived from the respondents' descriptions of their grief resulting in a reformulation of parental grief.

PMID:
18924293
DOI:
10.1080/07481180802215718
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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