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Nurses' bereavement experiences of a deceased colleague due to COVID-19: A phenomenological study

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(2023) Nurses' bereavement experiences of a deceased colleague due to COVID-19: A phenomenological study. Nursing Open. p. 11. ISSN 2054-1058

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Aim: Healthcare workers have little time to mourn due to the intensification of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although grief is a normal part of life and death, the circumstances surrounding the death can affect the grieving process. So far, the nurses' experience in mourn for a deceased colleague in the COVID-19 pandemic has not been determined. Identifying these experiences can provide opportunities to formulate appropriate strategies to functionally adapt to death and promote mental health and well-being during this crisis. This study aimed to understand the nurses' experiences in mourning for a deceased colleague due to COVID-19.Design: This was an interpretive phenomenological study.Method: Participants included 10 nurses with the bereavement experience following the death of a colleague due to COVID-19, who were selected through purposive sampling, and the data were collected through in-depth and semi-structured interviews and analysed using Diekelmann et al.'s (1989) approach.Results: The nurses' bereavement experiences were in the form of eight themes: disbelief and amazement, acceptance with grief, lasting sadness, unsung laments, bringing back memories, impulse to leave the service, a professional myth and holy death. For nurses, mourning for the death of a colleague due to COVID-19 is like a lasting sadness that begins with disbelief and amazement and changes to acceptance with sadness. From the fellow nurses' point of view, this type of death was perceived as a holy death, which along with countless unsung laments and memories brought to us the association of a professional legend, and that such a fate would be inevitable for us as well, it was a push to leave the service.Public Contribution: Crisis managers and policymakers need to add protocols and training programs for resilience skills and healthy mourning.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: bereavement experience COVID-19 phenomenology grief Nursing
Page Range: p. 11
Journal or Publication Title: Nursing Open
Journal Index: ISI
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ISSN: 2054-1058
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی

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