Neonatal end-of-life spiritual support care

Title

Neonatal end-of-life spiritual support care

Creator

Rosenbaum JL; Smith JR; Zollfrank R

Publisher

The Journal Of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing

Date

2011

Subject

Female; Humans; infant; Pregnancy; Parent-Child Relations; Attitude to Death; Nurse's Role; Spirituality; bereavement; Newborn; Parents/psychology; Nursing Assessment/methods; Palliative Care/methods/psychology; Neonatal Nursing/methods; Pregnancy Outcome/psychology

Description

The death of an infant is a profound loss that may complicate, disrupt, or end relationships between parents; and lead to maladaptive grieving, long-term decreased quality of life, and symptoms related to psychological morbidity. Facing neonatal loss is frequently experienced as traumatic assault on parents' spiritual and existential world of meaning. This article highlights the importance of supporting parents through loss by providing comprehensive care that focuses not only on the neonate's physical needs, but also addresses parents' and families' spiritual, religious, and existential needs. Our objective is to increase practitioners' awareness of spiritual and existential distress and to provide strategies to address such needs, particularly at the end of life.

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Type

Journal Article

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Citation

Rosenbaum JL; Smith JR; Zollfrank R, “Neonatal end-of-life spiritual support care,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 27, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11556.