Hope, loneliness and sense of coherence among bereaved parents

Michal Einav, Malka Margalit

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Abstract

Coping with the loss of a child is a challenging and difficult experience that disrupts the lives of the surviving parents and the fabric of the family. Our goal is to identify the factors that help bereaved parents cope with this loss and introduce hope and future perspectives into their lives. Our sample consisted of 81 parents (30 fathers and 51 mothers), who completed questionnaires on the following topics: family climate, loneliness, sense of coherence and hope. In addition, interviews were conducted with six parents to further clarify the quantitative results. A moderated mediation model revealed that increased levels of loneliness among the parents predicted lower levels of hope. However, their emotional resources in terms of their sense of coherence mediated this relationship. In addition, the number of years since the loss moderated the negative relationship between loneliness and the parents’ emotional resources. It can be concluded that the negative impact of loneliness on parents’ sense of coherence declined over time. The interviews conducted extend the understanding of these results, as parents described their ability to continue with their lives and identified their goals in terms of the hope theory, alongside their ongoing pain. Finally, the therapeutic implications of the results we obtained are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2797
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume17
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Bereavement
  • Hope
  • Loneliness
  • Moderated mediation
  • Sense of coherence

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