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ERIC Number: EJ1168532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
"I Carry Her in My Heart": An Exploration of the Experience of Bereavement for People with Learning Disability
Thorp, Nicki; Stedmon, Jacqui; Lloyd, Helen
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v46 n1 p45-53 Mar 2018
Background: Bereavement is a universal experience, yet little research has explored the lived experience of bereavement for people with learning disability (PWLD). Materials and methods: Four PWLD were interviewed about their experience of bereavement. Data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results: Four themes were identified: "Needing to know: Being included," "Struggling to say: The emotional experience," "Love after death: A continuing relationship" and "Missing their presence: The wider impact of death." Conclusions: PWLD should have the opportunity to make informed choices about their level of involvement and to develop their emotional experience. PWLD should be supported to develop a continued bond with the deceased and the wider impact of their loss recognised.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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