“I grieve because I loved her:” Bereaved parents’ perceptions of a mindfulness-based retreat

Kara Thieleman, Joanne Cacciatore

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Abstract

Mindfulness-based interventions have recently been applied to grief-related distress. However, little is known about how bereaved participants experience them. This study explored bereaved parents’ experiences of a mindfulness-based grief retreat through semi-structured interviews with 19 participants. Interview transcripts were thematically analyzed to gain an understanding of how participants experienced the retreat and its perceived effect on their lives. Four themes representing the perceived benefits of the retreat emerged: psychoeducation, mindfulness, mutual support and understanding, and relationships. The mindfulness-based retreat was generally experienced as beneficial in coping with the death of a child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDeath Studies
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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