The death of a neonate, infant, or child is a tragedy that greatly impacts on many individuals' lives. Nurses and other health-care professionals provide care for not only the dying child but also the grieving parents and families. It is imperative that health care professionals are cognizant of the components and intensity of parental grieving and the critical role that they must assume in supporting bereaved parents prior to, at the time of, and after the child's death. The purpose of this study was to measure the intensity of parental grieving and collect information from bereaved parents regarding their perception of health care professionals' interventions. The results indicated that bereaved parents' intensity of grieving scores were generally higher than those reported on the TRIG norms. In response to The Bereavement Questionnaire, they were able to identify what health care professionals did or said that was helpful or unhelpful before, during, and after their child's death.
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