Parental relationships beyond the grave: Adolescents' descriptions of continued bonds

  • Dana M. Hansen, Denice K. Sheehan, Pamela S. Stephenson, M. Murray Mayo
  • Palliative & Supportive Care, October 2015, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/s1478951515001078

Adolescents' descriptions of continued bonds with deceased parent

What is it about?

As part of the analysis for the R21 parent study, we found that adolescents' continued their relationship with their deceased parent in a variety of ways.

Why is it important?

This article is important for healthcare providers who interact with adolescents who have lost a parent to cancer. Understanding that the bond between a parent and the adolescent remains strong and present is useful in guiding adolescence through their grief.


Dr Dana Hansen
Kent State University

This article provided an opportunity for me to evaluate family relationships at the end of life from a unique perspective.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr Dana Hansen and Pam Stephenson