Living with Grief Following Removal of Infant Life Support: Parents' Perspectives

Debra Armentrout

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Abstract

Research findings reported in the literature about making life and death decisions for critically ill infants in the neonatal ICU focus primarily on the experiences of health care providers and the ethical dilemmas surrounding these decisions. Fewer studies focus on parents' experiences in making decisions about discontinuing life support for their infant, and even fewer address what life is like for parents following the deaths of their infants. This article expands on the concepts identified by parents as factors in their decision making and on the facilitators and barriers parents faced, and continue to face, in their grieving process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-265
Number of pages13
JournalCritical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Grounded theory
  • Neonatal death
  • Perinatal loss
  • Removal of neonatal life support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care

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Living with Grief Following Removal of Infant Life Support : Parents' Perspectives. / Armentrout, Debra.

In: Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, Vol. 21, No. 2, 06.2009, p. 253-265.

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