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Att förlora sitt vuxna barn: En kvalitativ studie om hur fem mammor upplever och hanterar sina vuxna barns död
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to examine how five mothers experience and cope with the

loss of their adult children and also how this loss affect the mothers. We chose a qualitative

method using semistructured interviews. We used Lazarus and Folkman’s coping theory

and Folkman’s revised coping theory in our analysis. The results showed that the mothers’

experiences were very individual. Despite that, there were certain feelings that they had in

common: inner emptiness, loneliness and the notion of the child’s irreplaceable role in their

life. The unnatural order that exists in losing a child also affected the experience. The loss

of a child brought with it so much more than just the physical loss, such as the sense of lost personal identity and personal traits. Important aspects that helped the mothers cope with their loss were things such as their social network, their jobs, having spiritual beliefs and a continuing bond to the deceased child. When people in their surroundings ignored their loss or behaved insensitive, it had the opposite effect. Though the acute grief decreased, the grief overall did not become easier with the passing of time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 59 p.
Keyword [en]
mothers, grief, loss of child and coping
Keyword [sv]
mammor, sorg, förlust av barn och coping
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87064OAI: diva2:601125
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-04-29 Created: 2013-01-25 Last updated: 2013-04-29Bibliographically approved

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