Experiences of social networks supporting traumatically bereaved

  • Dyregrov K
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The importance of social support in reducing the impact of sudden loss
on grief symptomatology and facilitating psychological adaptation has
often been stressed by theorists. However, the accounts of family
members, friends and work colleagues who actually have supported
traumatically bereaved groups have seldom been addressed. This article
describes how social networks have supported parents who lost their
offspring due to traumatic deaths (suicide or SIDS) and how it has
impacted them. Finally, their advice to future networks is presented.
The networks' experiences and opinions are explored through qualitative
and quantitative research methods. Data was gathered during 2004,
through questionnaires from 100 social network members, and 21 focus
group interviews (N = 69). The networks elaborate on various aspects of
strain and growth from the experience, give, important advice to future
networks, and stress the importance of some professional guidance to
prevent them from ``burn-out{''} in this particular straining

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