Parenting Beyond the Veil': Supporting Bereaved Parents as They Continue Their Parenting Relationship After a Child's Death (205-2)

4:05 pm – 4:25 pm Thursday, September 15

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of illness-related death, leaving thousands of parents to experience bereavement. Parental bereavement is a new state of being, in which parents maintain the parenting relationship in the presence of the child’s absence. While the literature offers insight into continuing bonds, limitations exist related to generalizability and the highly individualized nature of bereavement. There is a need for further exploration to better understand the continuing parenting relationship that is part of the bereavement experience after a child’s death due to cancer.

The aim of this qualitative research study was to describe the lived experience of bereaved parents who experienced the death of a child due to cancer.

Christine Denhup PHD APRN CPNP-PC


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