Prenatal twin-less twins: The congenital loss experience of individuals who lost a twin sibling in utero

Michal Mahat-Shamir

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Abstract

Congenital loss involves the loss of an immediate family member, specifically a parent or sibling, either during or prior to birth, and bears unique bereavement-related challenges. The current study investigated the unique congenital loss experiences of those who lost a twin sibling in utero. Through analysis of interviews with 18 Jewish Israeli participants who encountered this type of twin loss, a more comprehensive understanding of their experiences was attempted. The research employed a hybrid methodology, combining two qualitative thematic analysis methods: deductive and data-driven inductive approaches. The analysis revealed four themes: incoherency and uncertainty, ownership over a limited story, continuing an unborn bond, and the identity of a “twin-less” twin. The findings underscore the unique nature of twin loss in utero.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDeath Studies
Early online date19 Feb 2024
DOIs
StateE-pub ahead of print - 19 Feb 2024
Externally publishedYes

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