Indian Journal of Palliative Care
Open access journal 
  Print this page Email this page   Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size Users online: 3371  
     Home | About | Feedback | Login 
  Current Issue Back Issues Editorial Board Authors and Reviewers How to Subscribe Advertise with us Contact Us Analgesic Prescription  
  Navigate Here 
 »   Next article
 »   Previous article
 »   Table of Contents

 Resource Links
 »   Similar in PUBMED
 »  Search Pubmed for
 »  Search in Google Scholar for
 »Related articles
 »   Citation Manager
 »   Access Statistics
 »   Reader Comments
 »   Email Alert *
 »   Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded8    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal


Year : 2021  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23--30

Seeking an adjustment from the unnatural to the supernatural: The experience of losing a child from cancer in Colombia

1 Research Group Nursing Care for the Chronic Patient, Facultad de Enfermerķa, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
2 Department of Vocational Training, Faculty of Nursing, Universidad de Antioquia, Antioquia, Colombia

Correspondence Address:
Sonia Carreno-Moreno
Carrera 30 No. 45 – 03, Build. 228, Office 305, Bogota
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_72_20

Rights and Permissions

Aims: The death of a child with cancer can be devastating for his or her parents. This study sought to understand the way in which the process of parental grief develops after the death of a child with cancer. Methods: The research used a grounded theory approach, in which 18 participants were enrolled including parents whose child died from cancer 5 months to 5 years before. In-depth interviews were conducted, which were analyzed using constant comparisons until theoretical saturation was reached. Results: Fifteen subcategories were identified and grouped into three categories that explain what the grieving process represents to the parents over time (a) crossing a desert, (b) dying while alive, and (c) coming back to life. From the emerging relationships among the categories, the core category “seeking adjustment from the unnatural to the supernatural” arises. The results show that grief begins from the moment of diagnosis until long after the child's death. For parents, it entails understanding the disruption in the natural course of life, going through indescribable pain, and being spiritually reconnected with their child. Conclusions: These results enable nurses to design comprehensive interventions that meet the described needs of these parents.


Print this article     Email this article

Online since 1st October '05
Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow