Constructions of Mexican American family grief after the death of a child: an exploratory study

Title

Constructions of Mexican American family grief after the death of a child: an exploratory study

Creator

Doran G; Downing HN

Publisher

Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology

Date

2006

Subject

Child; Humans; Family Relations; Religion; Case-Control Studies; bereavement; Family/psychology; Attitude to Death/ethnology; SSHRC CURA; Dreams; Mexican Americans/psychology

Description

Using a collective case study ethnographic approach, nine individuals comprising three Mexican American families were interviewed about their family bereavement experiences after the death of a child. All families were Catholic, had surviving siblings, and had had three or more years to grieve their loss when interviewed. The deceased children ranged in age from 3 to 14, and all experienced sudden, traumatic, nonsuicide deaths. To provide a broader, contextual picture of their grief experiences, four individuals who supported these family members after the loss were also interviewed. Unique grief experiences were identified, and eight common themes emerged, reflecting the ways in which family members maintained their bond to the deceased: dreams, storytelling, keepsakes, sense of presence, faith-based connections, proximity connections, ongoing rituals, and pictorial remembrances. The cultural implications of family bereavement are highlighted.
2006

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

199-211

Issue

2

Volume

12

Citation

Doran G; Downing HN, “Constructions of Mexican American family grief after the death of a child: an exploratory study,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 31, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13634.

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