Immediate bereavement experiences when a parent of dependent children has died of cancer: funeral directors' perspectives

Jeffrey R. Hanna, Eilís McCaughan, Cherith J. Semple

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When a parent of dependent children dies, families are often unsure if and how children could be part of the immediate bereavement period. Children excluded can be more susceptive to negative outcomes. In-depth interviews explored funeral directors’ (N = 23) experiences of providing a service to families in the immediate bereavement period, when a parent dies from cancer. Findings highlighted funeral directors can have an important role in guiding families through the distressing immediate bereavement period. Recommendations are discussed surrounding a pastoral role of the funeral director in the immediate bereavement period.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalDeath Studies
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2020


  • bereavement
  • funeral directors
  • cancer
  • families

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