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'Special death': Living with bereavement by drug-related death in Ireland
Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group
This paper explores the impact of complicated grief on the family system following the drug-related death of a family member. Drug-related deaths are rife with moral stigmas, and those left behind often carry an emotional burden laden with shame and guilt. 17 bereaved family members were interviewed using semi-structured interviews and transcripts were analyzed using reflexive thematic analysis. Three core themes were generated: Renegotiation of Relationships; Experiencing Complex Emotions; and Adjusting to a New Reality. The findings demonstrate that this population experience great difficulty in processing their grief as they struggle with family breakdown, navigating supports and stigma.
Complicated grief , Family system , Drug-related death , Family member
Lambert, S., O'Callaghan, D. and Frost N. (2021) ''Special death': Living with bereavement by drug-related death in Ireland', Death Studies. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2021.1939461
© 2021 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an item published by Taylor & Francis in Death Studies on 16 June 2021, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2021.1939461