ERIC Number: ED419349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Cyclical Grieving: Reocurring Emotions Experienced by Parents Who Have Children with Disabilities.
Blaska, Joan K.
This paper discusses cyclical grieving, which is described as an intermittent reoccurrence of one or more emotions that are part of the grieving process experienced by parents who have children with disabilities. A study to support the concept of cyclical grieving used a naturalistic approach with face-to-face interviews to explore ten parents' retrospective perceptions of their experiences in rearing a child with a disability. Results of the interviews found the parents vividly remembered how they felt when they were told that their child had a disability. The emotions they felt included: disappointment; sadness or depression; loneliness; fear; anger; frustration; shock; devastation; numbness; unsureness; and feeling trapped and sorry for the child. Both mothers and fathers reported having these or similar emotions reoccur intermittently during the life span of their child. Events that triggered grieving included: health or behavior issues; developmental milestones or age appropriate expectations; family issues and relationships; aged parents and retirement concerns; unusual caretaking demands; professional and programmatic issues, society's lack of understanding and sensitivity; and seemingly insignificant events. (Contains a Cyclical Grieving Model, and 29 references.) (CR)
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