The suffering in silence of older parents whose child died of cancer: A qualitative study

Title

The suffering in silence of older parents whose child died of cancer: A qualitative study

Creator

Van Humbeeck L; Dillen L; Piers R; Grypdonck M; Van Den Noortgate N

Publisher

Critical Care Medicine

Date

2016

Subject

Aged; Aged 80 and over; Attitude to Death; Female Grief; Grounded Theory; Guilt; Humans; Life Change Events; Loneliness; Male; Middle Aged; Neoplasms/psychology; Parents/psychology; Qualitative Research Stress Psychological

Description

As life expectancy grows, the death of an adult child becomes a highly prevalent problem for older adults. The present study is based on nine interviews and explores the experience of parents (≥70 years) outliving an adult child. The bereaved parents described some silencing processes constraining their expression of grief. When an adult dies, the social support system nearly automatically directs its care towards the bereaved nuclear family. Parental grief at old age is therefore often not recognized and/or acknowledged. Health care providers should be sensitive to the silent grief of older parents both in geriatric and oncology care settings.

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Citation List Month

Oncology 2017 List

Collection

Citation

Van Humbeeck L; Dillen L; Piers R; Grypdonck M; Van Den Noortgate N, “The suffering in silence of older parents whose child died of cancer: A qualitative study,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 25, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11191.

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