Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy Vol 10 (2) 2007

Reflecting on risk taking: enabling parents to co-create ritual following the death of their baby in-utero

Ewan Kelly
Issued Date: 7 Apr 2013

Abstract


Qualitative research undertaken with bereaved parents who have ritually marked the life and death of their baby who has died in-utero is outlined. The significance for bereaved parents of sharing in the co-construction of naming/blessing ceremonies and/or funerals with a chaplain, as well as participating in the ritual itself is described. A short theological reflection on the risk involved for chaplains in entering into such relationships with bereaved parents is also offered.

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DOI: 10.1558/hscc.v10i2.15

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