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BMC Palliative Care

, 16:26

Psychosocial

Abstract

BackgroundBereavement support is part of palliative care. Sending out bereavement anniversary cards is one intervention of follow-up support for the bereaved. This study evaluated the suitability of bereavement anniversary cards as an appropriate method in bereavement care.

MethodsA questionnaire was sent to each card recipient since the starting point of this practice October 2014-June 2015. Data was analyzed descriptively.

Results24 of 68 deliverable questionnaires were returned response rate 35%. 22 out of 24 recipients felt pleased receiving the card. No participant felt annoyed on receiving the bereavement anniversary card; every participant agreed to at least one positive reaction i.e. pleased, grateful or consoled.

ConclusionsThe participants’ reactions and opinions about receiving the anniversary card were decidedly positive and indicate the continuation of this practice. Those few less pleased reactions may be related to timing and the first anniversary of the patients’ death and therefore an expression of grief rather than a dissatisfaction with bereavement anniversary cards, as such.

KeywordsBereavement anniversary cards Bereavement support Palliative care Bereaved family members Survey Questionnaire 



Author: Swantje Goebel - Sandra Stephanie Mai - Christina Gerlach - Ulrike Windschmitt - Karl-Heinz Feldmann - Martin Weber

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