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Life Experience of Bereaved Parents After the 2014 Sewol Ferry Disaster in South Korea

Journal title
Omega
Publication year
2020
Author(s)
Lee, D. H.; Khang, M.; Shin, J.; Lee, H. J.; Brown, J. A.
Pages
515-543
Volume
80
Number
4

The aim of this study was to identify the outcomes of parental bereavement and the changes in life experience that follow the traumatic death of a teenage child. The results of the study are aimed to assist counselors and educators who work with themes of grief and loss. From 17 in-depth interviews from parents bereaved by the Sewol ferry disaster of 2014 in South Korea, three main categories were found to capture the reality for parents after the sudden and traumatic death of a teenage child: (a) personal changes, (b) changes in close relationships, and (c) changes in social life. Recommendations for future research and potential implications were discussed.

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