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Indian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research


Grief, guilt and emptiness: emotional experiences of bereaved mothers after perinatal loss


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Author Details: Puja Gupta, AS Agasthiya, Nageshwer V

Volume : 4

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-2754

Print ISSN : 2394-2746

Article First Page : 254

Article End Page : 261


Abstract

Introduction: This review gives the wonderful scope for improved coping strategies, identifying the various factors that affecting the grief process and obtaining the opinions of bereaved mothers regarding hospital staff.
Objective: To explore the emotional experiences of bereaved mothers after perinatal loss.
Materials and Method: Keyword searched in PubMed, EBSCO, online journals by using the keywords of ‘perinatal loss’, ‘perinatal grief’, ‘abortion’, ‘stillbirth’, ‘neonatal death’ and ‘emotional experience of bereaved mothers’. Total 10 articles are selected according to eligibility criteria and removing articles are rejected because they did not match the eligibility criteria and some are duplicates.
Result: The review identified two types of qualitative studies on perinatal loss, they are focused on coping with grief, guilt and emptiness after perinatal loss and emotional experiences of bereaved mothers after perinatal loss. This review identified the significant emotional experiences like grief, guilt, anxiety, emptiness and self-blame. By developing the self-help coping strategies the women’s are able to cope up with the situation and accept the changes.
Conclusion: This review explores the emotional experiences of bereaved mothers after perinatal loss. Women’s do not only feel the loss of pregnancy, but also the dreamed and anticipated child, their mothership and their self-esteem along with experiences of the grief, guilt and emptiness.

Keywords:
Grief, Guilty, Emptiness, Emotional experience, Bereaved mothers, Perinatal loss