How clients cope with the death of a parent
Judy Ryan Nurse practice development officer, Nurse and Midwifery Planning and Development, Tullamore, County Offaly, Republic of Ireland
Jane McCarthy Lecturer in nursing and midwifery, University of Limerick, Ireland
Margaret Graham Lecturer in nursing and midwifery, University of Limerick, Ireland
Judy Ryan and colleagues discuss a series of interviews with bereaved service users who had not revealed their feelings of grief and loss before
This article describes a qualitative study in which people with intellectual disabilities (learning disabilities in the UK) living in residential homes were asked to describe family life and loss. Interviews with eight such individuals revealed the significance of their family lives, and how their grief at the loss of a parent is compounded by disruptions in familial networks and living arrangements. In such situations, this article concludes that personal plans should include the opportunity for people with an intellectual disability to express their grief to help them cope with their bereavement and loss.
Learning Disability Practice. 15, 4,14-18. doi: 10.7748/ldp2012.05.15.4.14.c9076Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest