Meanings attributed by bereaved unmarried intimate partners of fallen soldiers to their loss

Yaira Hamama-Raz, Shaked Shir, Michal Mahat-Shamir

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Abstract

The death of a partner may be stressful for unmarried intimate partners as they lack legal status vis-à-vis the partner, and, thus, lack sufficient cultural support. This qualitative study examined the meaning attributed to the loss by 12 Israeli bereaved intimate partners of fallen soldiers. Through applying a constructivist-narrative methodology, we derived three clusters from interviews with the intimate partners: (a) The relationships never ended–“an unfinished business,” (b) The need to conceal the relationships–“a hidden wound,” and (c) The relationship guides their lives–“a compass.” Practical implications were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-389
Number of pages10
JournalDeath Studies
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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