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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Tatterton, MJ, Walshe, C. Understanding the bereavement experience of grandparents following the death of a grandchild from a life‐limiting condition: A meta‐ethnography. J Adv Nurs. 2019; 75: 1406– 1417. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13927 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jan.13927 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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Understanding the bereavement experience of grandparents following the death of a grandchild from a life‐limiting condition: A meta‐ethnography

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>20/06/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number7
Volume75
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)1406-1417
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date23/01/19
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Aim
To increase understanding of grandparental grief following the death of a grandchild from a life‐limiting condition.

Design
Meta‐ethnography.

Data sources
Academic Search Complete CINHAL, Embase, psycINFO, PubMed and Web of Science, supplemented by manual search strategies (in 2015, updated 2018).

Review methods
Studies were appraised and synthesized using the principles of meta‐ethnography.

Findings
Three superordinate themes were identified: ‘influence of the relationship with their grandchild’, ‘influence of the relationship with the grandchild's family’ and ‘pain’. The simultaneous, multigenerational position of grandparents meant individuals experience emotional pain from witnessing the experience of family members.

Conclusion
Many factors that contribute to the bereavement experience of grandparents are outside of their control. The roles, positions, and support needs of grandparents need to be acknowledged to better meet their needs as parents, grandparents, and individuals who have experienced a child death.

Bibliographic note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Tatterton, MJ, Walshe, C. Understanding the bereavement experience of grandparents following the death of a grandchild from a life‐limiting condition: A meta‐ethnography. J Adv Nurs. 2019; 75: 1406– 1417. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13927 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jan.13927 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.