Meaning-making following loss among bereaved spouses during the COVID-19 pandemic (the CO-LIVE study)

M. J.M. Vieveen, B. Yildiz*, I. J. Korfage, F. E. Witkamp, Y. N. Becqué, L. G.G. van Lent, H. R. Pasman, M. S. Zee, B. D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen, A. van der Heide, A. Goossensen

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This study investigates how individuals construe, understand, and make sense of experiences during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seventeen semi-structured interviews were conducted with bereaved spouses focusing on meaning attribution to the death of their partner. The interviewees were lacking adequate information, personalized care, and physical or emotional proximity; these challenges complicated their experience of a meaningful death of their partner. Concomitantly, many interviewees appreciated the exchange of experiences with others and any last moments together with their partner. Bereaved spouses actively sought valuable moments, during and after bereavement, that contributed to the perceived meaning.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDeath Studies
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

The project was funded by ZonMw, The Hague, The
Netherlands [project number: 844001803].

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© 2023 Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam. Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


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