I no longer feel alone': meeting the needs of bereaved grandparents through a children's hospice support group

Title

I no longer feel alone': meeting the needs of bereaved grandparents through a children's hospice support group

Creator

Tatterton M J; Lyon JA

Publisher

International Journal of Palliative Nursing

Date

2022

Subject

Bereavement; Grief; Child; Palliative care; Adult; Children; Hospice; Grandparents; Family centred care

Description

BACKGROUND: Children's hospices provide a range of family-centred care services, including bereavement support. Not all hospices provide specific services for grandparents. AIM: To explore how a hospice-based bereavement support group supported grandparents in their grief following the death of a grandchild. METHODS: Grandparents attending a group were invited to complete an anonymous questionnaire. Questionnaires from eight groups, run between 2015 and 2019 were collated and interpreted to identify themes. FINDINGS: A total of 121 grandparents attended the groups; 113 returned the questionnaires (93% response). A total of three superordinate themes were identified: environment and space, being with people who understand, and the opportunity to hear the stories of others. Grandparents valued hearing the stories of others, providing an opportunity to reflect on the experience of others. CONCLUSION: Grandparents felt supported and validated by the group. Facilitated sessions increased coping and resilience of participants, enabling grandparents to support their partner, adult children and surviving grandchildren more effectively.

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Citation List Month

September 2022 List

Collection

Citation

Tatterton M J; Lyon JA, “I no longer feel alone': meeting the needs of bereaved grandparents through a children's hospice support group,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed February 4, 2023, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18264.

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