The following 3 papers on “Perinatal Bereavement” were presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, May 3, 1979, Miami, Florida. Anyone wishing further information or copies of materials available to clients who are experiencing perinatal bereavement should write to: Ms. Tina Quirk, R.N., M.S., Box 95, 445 Lenox Road, Brooklyn, New York 11203.
Crisis Theory, Grief Theory, and Related Psychosocial Factors: The Framework for Intervention*
Version of Record online: 6 JAN 2011
1979 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 24, Issue 5, pages 13–16, September-October 1979
How to Cite
Quirk, T. R. (1979), Crisis Theory, Grief Theory, and Related Psychosocial Factors: The Framework for Intervention. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 24: 13–16. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(79)90152-6
- Issue online: 6 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 6 JAN 2011
Perinatal death is a crisis which if dealt with successfully can result in growth and new direction for the grieving parents. The problem which makes this bereavement unique is that friends and family, usually supportive in times of grief, have difficulty identifying with the loss of a newborn. They often don't know what to do or say, or how to help the parents. There are no wake, no flowers and no memories to share. Since the usual supports are less available, it is incumbent on the health professional to intervene in this, one of the loneliest of losses.