Continuing bonds with children and bereaved young people: a narrative review

Clabburn, O, Knighting, K, Jack, B.A and O'Brien, M.R (2019) 'Continuing bonds with children and bereaved young people: a narrative review.' OMEGA: Journal of Death & Dying. ISSN 0030-2228

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Background:- Finding alternative ways to reconnect with the deceased is a common feature of bereavement. However, it is currently unclear how bereaved children/young people establish and develop a ‘continuing bond’ with deceased family members. Aim:- To investigate how bereaved young people continue bonds with deceased family members. Design:- A systematically conducted narrative review was conducted using six electronic databases; CINAHL, Medline, EMBASE, PsycINFO, PubMed and BNI. Limiters were applied to peer-reviewed articles published in English. Studies were assessed for methodological quality using the JBI Critical Appraisal Tools. Results:- Nineteen articles were included in the review. Three overarching themes were generated; unintended connections, intended connections, and internalised connections. Conclusion:- Bereaved young people establish a sense of connection with deceased family members through various means (e.g. unprovoked/spontaneous reminders, physical mementos, internalised memories). Some connections are unintended and occur spontaneously. However, other young people will specifically seek ways to remember the deceased to provide a sense of enduring connection.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: continuing bonds, bereavement, grief, children, young people
Divisions: School of Sciences
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Date Deposited: 08 May 2019 09:07
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:52
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