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Bereavement in Parents of Critically Ill children

PI: Kathleen Meert, Wayne State University

Site PI: Joseph A. Carcillo, MD

Funding: National Institutes of Child Health and Development

It is tragic to lose one’s child.  This study examines parents’ questions and requests after the loss of their child.  The research goal is to develop an effective approach to physician - parent interviews after the death of the child.  In particular the hope is that addressing parental questions and requests could reduce the likelihood of complex grief by enhancing a supported grief experience instead. Parents are asked if they would be willing to fill out questionnaires and share their insights in interviews aimed at this ultimate goal.