When a Baby Dies of SIDS: The Parents' Grief and Search for Reason

Karen Martin

When a Baby Dies of SIDS: The Parents' Grief and Search for Reason
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When a Baby Dies of SIDS: The Parents' Grief and Search for Reason

Karen Martin

The cause of the number-one killer of apparently healthy infants between the ages of one week and one year - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - continues to defy science. This cruel mystery intensifies an already painful experience for bereaved parents, who frequently blame themselves for their baby’s death. This book explores how parents grieve, the meanings and casual explanations they attribute to a SIDS death, the effects of their grief on family relationships, and the strategies they use to cope and carry on. Karen Martin’s grounded theory study describes in detail the experiences of mothers and fathers whose babies died of SIDS ranging from less than one to over twenty-five years after the baby’s death. Her work makes an important contribution to health fields and to the social science of medicine, and is a critical resource for family doctors, public health nurses, counsellors, ministers, and all those working with grieving parents. This book is sponsored by the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology.

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