Giving birth to life-again! Bereaved parents' experiences with children born following the death of an adult son

Yaira Hamama-Raz, Sarah Rosenfeld, Eli Buchbinder

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Abstract

This article is based on a qualitative study examining the experiences of parents that lost a son during military service in Israel and consequently choose to give birth to another child. Seven couples and 3 mothers were interviewed for the study, and their interviews were analyzed using a phenomenological-hermeneutic approach. Three main themes were extracted from parents' descriptions of their experiences: (a) "From the place where pain and sadness was sown, a new smile was grown," relating to transforming the experience of loss into a new meaning for life; (b) "No to a child memorial, " focusing on parents' awareness of the burden placed on the child who was born; and (c) "Different parenting, " dealing with participant's parenting following their loss. The study's findings are discussed in the context of literature dealing with reconstructing meaning through coping and bereavement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-403
Number of pages23
JournalDeath Studies
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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