The Grief of Parents who Lose a child from Illness.


  • สุธีรา - ยาทองไชย คณะพยาบาลศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยขอนแก่น


This study aimed  to exam the   grief  of   parents   who    lose  a  child  from  illness.This research was descriptive and sample  were   parents who have  lost a  child from illness  not  more than  6 months  in Srinagarind  Hospital,faculty of  Medicine,Khon Kaen University  41  persons.The instrument were a geographic  data  record   and  Holistic grief scale  measuring  that  researcher had applied from  concept    Geographic data were analyzed with  frequency distribution and  grief data analyzed with mean and  standard deviation.  The  major finding was that  score on  holistic grief scale of  41 participants  were showed 5 component  of reaction after lose  their  child  not more than 6  months. The highest of mean of  grief score  was emotion  and  have  moderate  grief  intensity  level  .minor was  cognitive , spiritual, physical and social  respectively. 


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ยาทองไชยส.-. (2019). The Grief of Parents who Lose a child from Illness.: -. Journal of Nursing Science and Health, 42(2), 44-52. Retrieved from