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Memory triggers and anniversaries of stillborn children
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9672-7698
2013 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, Vol. 26, no 2, 157-174 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Care after stillbirths has changed radically within the last twenty years, not least because of research. However, less attention has been given to memorialization in the longer perspective. This is a qualitative study based on a web questionnaire with the aim to uncover memorialization practices on anniversary days. 596 bereaved mothers of stillborn children provided an answer to an open question on how they observed the anniversary. The inductive analysis resulted in six categories of memorialization: (1) internal memorialization; (2) home-based memorialization; (3) traditional grave visits; (4) extended memorialization rituals; (5) alternative activities; and (6) coincidental activities. Different memory triggers – gifts, objects, food, and places – were used to evoke memories, honour the child, and strengthen the bonds with the child and within the family.

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2013. Vol. 26, no 2, 157-174 p.
Keyword [en]
Stillbirth, Bereavement, Continuing bonds, Memorialization, Anniversaries, Sweden
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-1445OAI: oai:DiVA.org:shh-1445DiVA: diva2:662582
Available from: 2013-11-07 Created: 2013-11-07 Last updated: 2014-09-29Bibliographically approved

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