Pre-loss grief experiences of adults when someone important to them is at end-of-life: A qualitative systematic review

Anne Fee, Jeff Hanna, F. Hasson

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Abstract

Pre-loss grief can be experienced by relatives before impending death; however, limited understanding exists about the impact of pre-loss grief on bereavement. This systematic review aimed to synthesize qualitative research evidence reporting adults’ experiences of pre-loss grief within cancer care. Thirteen studies were selected, and three key themes identified. Findings indicate that relatives transitioned through lived experiences during end-stage cancer, and that meanings attached to these experiences influenced how they experienced pre-loss grief. Limited formal support was identified to navigate these experiences; however, context was seen as important, and skilled healthcare practitioners and physical environment were key to facilitating preparedness.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalDeath Studies
Early online date9 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Nov 2021

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Funding
A small grant was received from Cruse Bereavement Care and Macmillan Cancer Support, Northern Ireland, in support of this research.

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© 2021 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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