Preliminary Results of Caregiver Speaks: A Storytelling Intervention for Bereaved Family Caregivers

Abigail J. Rolbiecki, Debra Parker Oliver, Karla Washington, Jacquelyn J. Benson, Lucas Jorgensen

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Abstract

When bereaved cancer caregivers have the opportunity to tell stories about their caregiving and bereavement journey, they are better able to make meaning of these experiences. Creating a space where they can share stories with other bereaved caregivers increases social validation, facilitates the meaning-making process, and reduces distress and risk for complicated grief. This study explored the feasibility and acceptability of an innovative storytelling intervention for bereaved family caregivers of cancer patients. Twenty-one participants engaged in the intervention, and eleven were interviewed about their experience. Results indicated study feasibility and intervention acceptability. Suggestions for future intervention were also provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-453
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2020

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • bereavement
  • caregiving
  • meaning-making
  • storytelling

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