Ambiguous Loss: A Phenomenological Exploration of Women Seeking Support Following Miscarriage

Katie Mcgee, Morgan E. PettyJohn, Kami L. Gallus

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This study aims to explore miscarriage through the theory of ambiguous loss. The sample consisted of 10 females currently seeking support services related to their miscarriage experience. From the data, six primary themes emerged from the miscarriage experience, including: Emotional Toll; Stolen Dreams; No One Understands; He Loves Me in a Different Way; Why? I Don’t Understand; and In the End, I Have My Faith. The findings in the current study suggest ambiguous loss theory may not fully capture the experience of miscarriage. Clinical implications and future research directions for this population are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)516-530
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 18 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Miscarriage
  • ambiguous loss
  • mental health
  • phenomenological exploration
  • qualitative analysis
  • reproductive health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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