This study explored the experiences, coping strategies, and support systems available for perinatally bereaved mothers. A descriptive phenomenological design was employed to explore lived experiences of perinatally bereaved mothers and saturation was reached with the 12th participant. Participants were recruited through purposive sampling and data was collected by in-depth, individual and face-to-face interviews. Data analysis was guided by Colaizzi’s method. From the results, four main themes emerged – deprived care, immediate reactions to the loss, painful reminders of the loss, and coping strategies. Participants felt that deprived care contributed to their loss, and continuous support required in managing it was mostly lacking. Participants employed various strategies in coping with the loss, including self-motivation and religious beliefs. Thus, clinicians need to be more vigilant and ensure that mothers and neonates receive adequate care. Increasing awareness of the support needs of perinatally bereaved mothers could rally emotional support for them during grieving moments.
Key words: Perinatal loss, perinatal bereavement, bereaved mothers, experiences, coping strategies, Kumasi, Ghana.
CH, Christian; MU, Muslim; JHS, Junior High School; SHS, Senior High School.
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