Pictures as mementos after perinatal death: a case study

Title

Pictures as mementos after perinatal death: a case study

Creator

Jesus RCA; Benute G; Bertolassi N; Barbosa T; Bolibio R; Figueiredo F; Setubal MS; Gibelli MA; Gomes A; Ferreira R; Francisco R; Bernardes L

Publisher

International Journal of Palliative Nursing

Date

2022

Subject

Bereavement; Perinatal death; Grief; Case study

Description

BACKGROUND: The grieving process following perinatal loss caused by life-limiting conditions presents some particularities associated with the family's culture and the symbolic relationship with the deceased. OBJECTIVE: To reflect on the symbolic meaning attributed to mementos, particularly pictures taken immediately after birth. METHOD: Case study-a qualitative analysis of the data collected through semidirected interviews. RESULTS: Of the three women that took part in the study, one woman chose not to take a picture but opted to take home the hat with her son's name on it that was provided as a regular procedure for every birth at the maternity centre. During the interview, she questioned her decision. The two other women took pictures and still look at them affectionate. One of the women keeps the picture of her child in a shrine at home, thus attributing a symbolic religious meaning to the whole experience that alleviates her pain. CONCLUSION: The symbolic meaning attributed to pictures of the deceased can help parents process grief.

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Citation List Month

August 2022 List

Collection

Citation

Jesus RCA; Benute G; Bertolassi N; Barbosa T; Bolibio R; Figueiredo F; Setubal MS; Gibelli MA; Gomes A; Ferreira R; Francisco R; Bernardes L, “Pictures as mementos after perinatal death: a case study,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed November 28, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18177.

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