Year: 2005 Source: Omega, v.52, no.4, (2005-2006), p.339-358 SIEC No: 20061064

This article describes how social networks have supported parents who lost their offspring to traumatic death (suicide or SIDS) & how it has impacted them. The networks’ experiences & opinions are explored through qualitative & quantitative research. Data was gathered during 2004, through questionnaires from 100 social network members, & 21 focus group interviews. The networks elaborate on various aspects of strain & growth from the experience, give important advice to future networks, & stress the importance of some professional guidance to prevent them from burn-out in this particular straining relationship. (30 refs.)