Use of Facebook in the maternal grief process: an exploratory qualitative study

Diana Perluxo, Rita Francisco*

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Abstract

This study seeks to explore the potential implications of Facebook use in the process of maternal grief. The participants were 11 women who had lost their children due to accidents or prolonged illness. Semistructured interviews were conducted and subjected to thematic analysis. The participants stated that they used Facebook to receive support, to identify with other mothers, to remember the child who died, to access the child’s information, to honor him/her, and to express their feelings. The use of Facebook can play a very important role in the initial phase of grieving due to the functions of this social network.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages10
JournalDeath Studies
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2018

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