Mary Gilmer
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A qualitative study of advice from bereaved parents and siblings.

Thompson AL, Miller KS, Barrera M, Davies B, Foster TL, Gilmer MJ, Hogan N, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA
J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2011 7 (2-3): 153-72

PMID: 21895435 · PMCID: PMC3230284 · DOI:10.1080/15524256.2011.593153

Despite a growing bereavement literature, relatively little is known about what families find helpful after a child's death and how best to assist them during the grieving process. In this qualitative study, the authors explored advice from 40 families (65 parents, 39 siblings) of children who died from cancer 6-19 months earlier. Content analysis emphasized the individual nature of grief and revealed advice that fit into three temporal categories: before the death, soon after, and long-term. Findings are discussed in the context of contemporary theory and provide insight into the development and timing of grief interventions.

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Bereavement Death Humans Longitudinal Studies Neoplasms Parents Qualitative Research Religion Siblings Social Support Time Factors

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