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Examining linkages between bereavement grief intensity and perceived death quality : qualitative findings

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Some people experience more intense and prolonged bereavement grief after the death of a loved one. A mixed-methods study was undertaken out of concern that bereavement grief intensity may be associated with survivor perceptions of a "good" or "bad" death. The qualitative study phase was undertaken after a pilot study revealed bereavement grief intensity and perceived death quality were close to being negatively correlated (R = -.156, p = .06). Through interviewing 41 bereaved volunteers, bereavement was found to be an individualized, contextualized, and multifaceted experience, but with three themes emerging through constant-comparative analysis: (a) the huge loss and enormous gap in life as a result of the death of a loved one, (b) extreme acute grief, and (c) the uncertain step-laddered journey of grieving to bereavement recovery. This recovery is impacted by both good and bad aspects of the death or dying process, as well as good and bad after-death events and developments.
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BAD DEATH, OF-LIFE, CAREGIVERS, CANCER, PREDICTORS, Bereavement, grief, good death, qualitative research

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Wilson, Donna M, Rod MacLeod, and Dirk Houttekier. “Examining Linkages Between Bereavement Grief Intensity and Perceived Death Quality : Qualitative Findings.” OMEGA-JOURNAL OF DEATH AND DYING 74.2 (2016): 260–274. Print.
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Wilson, D. M., MacLeod, R., & Houttekier, D. (2016). Examining linkages between bereavement grief intensity and perceived death quality : qualitative findings. OMEGA-JOURNAL OF DEATH AND DYING, 74(2), 260–274.
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Wilson, Donna M, Rod MacLeod, and Dirk Houttekier. 2016. “Examining Linkages Between Bereavement Grief Intensity and Perceived Death Quality : Qualitative Findings.” Omega-journal of Death and Dying 74 (2): 260–274.
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Wilson, Donna M, Rod MacLeod, and Dirk Houttekier. 2016. “Examining Linkages Between Bereavement Grief Intensity and Perceived Death Quality : Qualitative Findings.” Omega-journal of Death and Dying 74 (2): 260–274.
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Wilson DM, MacLeod R, Houttekier D. Examining linkages between bereavement grief intensity and perceived death quality : qualitative findings. OMEGA-JOURNAL OF DEATH AND DYING. 2016;74(2):260–74.
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D. M. Wilson, R. MacLeod, and D. Houttekier, “Examining linkages between bereavement grief intensity and perceived death quality : qualitative findings,” OMEGA-JOURNAL OF DEATH AND DYING, vol. 74, no. 2, pp. 260–274, 2016.
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  abstract     = {Some people experience more intense and prolonged bereavement grief after the death of a loved one. A mixed-methods study was undertaken out of concern that bereavement grief intensity may be associated with survivor perceptions of a "good" or "bad" death. The qualitative study phase was undertaken after a pilot study revealed bereavement grief intensity and perceived death quality were close to being negatively correlated (R = -.156, p = .06). Through interviewing 41 bereaved volunteers, bereavement was found to be an individualized, contextualized, and multifaceted experience, but with three themes emerging through constant-comparative analysis: (a) the huge loss and enormous gap in life as a result of the death of a loved one, (b) extreme acute grief, and (c) the uncertain step-laddered journey of grieving to bereavement recovery. This recovery is impacted by both good and bad aspects of the death or dying process, as well as good and bad after-death events and developments.},
  author       = {Wilson, Donna M and MacLeod, Rod and Houttekier, Dirk},
  issn         = {0030-2228},
  journal      = {OMEGA-JOURNAL OF DEATH AND DYING},
  keywords     = {BAD DEATH,OF-LIFE,CAREGIVERS,CANCER,PREDICTORS,Bereavement,grief,good death,qualitative research},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {260--274},
  title        = {Examining linkages between bereavement grief intensity and perceived death quality : qualitative findings},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0030222815598442},
  volume       = {74},
  year         = {2016},
}

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