Immediate bereavement experiences when a parent of dependent children has died of cancer: Funeral directors' perspectives

Jeff Hanna, Eilis McCaughan, Cherith Semple

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Abstract

When a parent of dependent children dies, families are often unsure if and how children could be part of the immediate bereavement period. Children excluded can be more susceptive to negative outcomes. In-depth interviews explored funeral directors’ (N = 23) experiences of providing a service to families in the immediate bereavement period, when a parent dies from cancer. Findings highlighted funeral directors can have an important role in guiding families through the distressing immediate bereavement period. Recommendations are discussed surrounding a pastoral role of the funeral director in the immediate bereavement period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalDeath Studies
Early online date17 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • death
  • immediate bereavement period
  • funeral directors
  • experience
  • parental death

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