Parenting Challenges After the Death of a Child: Jennifer L. Buckle and Stephen J. Fleming
METHOD Ten bereaved parents participated in this qualitative study, –ve mothers and –ve fathers. They were recruited through Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO), a mutual help organization to assist families who have experienced the death of a child (Fleming & Balmer, 1995). The parents were all unrelated except
for two married couples. Each parent (age range: 40-51 years) had at least one other surviving child who experienced the death of his or her sibling (range in number of surviving children: 1-4). Five of the children were now only children as a result of the death. All were members of intact families at the time of the death and at present, with the length of their parents’ marriage extending from 13 to 31 years. The age of deceased children ranged from 1 year 6 months to 20 years 6 months. Of the deceased children, seven were male and one was female, and the time since death varied from 3 to 8 years (mean = 5.5 years). Three of the children died in fatal automobile accidents, and the other –ve died of illnesses.