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Maternal grief: analysis and therapeutic recommendations
  1. Janice Bell Meisenhelder
  1. School of Nursing, Emmanuel College, 400 The Fenway, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Janice Bell Meisenhelder, Nursing, Wellesley, MA 02482, USA; meisenhelderj{at}


The following self-analysis contains key experiences of maternal grief over the course of the first 2 years following the death of a child, with specific examples and observations from bereaved mothers shared with the author. The references provide supporting evidence for commonality of the lived experience and observations. Therapeutic responses for clinicians give concrete direction for providing effective comfort. Self-care suggestions for mothers provide specific guidance for the readers. A 14-year retrospective epilogue puts the charged emotional description into a context of healing.

  • bereavement
  • survivorship
  • supportive care
  • family management
  • psychological care
  • education and training
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  • Contributors This is the work of JBM only.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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