Year: 2004 Source: Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, v.10, no.1, (2004), p.24-32 SIEC No: 20050317

This study explored the lived experience of bereaved individuals & the effects that loss had on their physical & mental health, based on data gathered in interviews & formulated using the phenomenological method. Results indicated that participants experienced profound emotional & physical pain, reported a deeper sense of spiritual awareness & a more complete understanding of life & death, & were faced with irreversible changes that caused depression & suicidal ideation. Implications for practice are discussed. (27 refs)