Death and dying anxiety among bereaved and nonbereaved elderly parents

Faisal Azaiza, Pnina Ron, Meyrav Shoham, Tal Tinsky-Roimi

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Abstract

This study examines differences in death and dying anxiety between bereaved and nonbereaved elderly Israeli parents, as well as correlates of these factors among bereaved parents. A total of 97 parents (49 bereaved, 48 nonbereaved) completed measures of death and dying anxiety and religiosity. Bereaved parents reported significantly higher dying anxiety scores than nonbereaved parents, but there were no significant differences between the 2 groups in death anxiety. Religiosity was unrelated to death and dying anxiety. Dying anxiety was higher among bereaved mothers than bereaved fathers. Death and dying anxiety were not associated with the length of time since the loss of the child or the nature of the child's death. Results are discussed in light of the difficulties that bereaved parents experience after the loss of their child. Implications for theory, for health and welfare professionals, and for policy are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-624
Number of pages15
JournalDeath Studies
Volume35
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes

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