Maternal grief following miscarriage: Introducing a group therapy approach to support bereavement
Mostrenko, Anya Elizabeth
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Perinatal loss is a common experience in contemporary society. While one in four pregnancies may result in a miscarriage, support for bereaved parents is still lacking. This thesis presents a group therapy approach to support the bereavement of miscarriage. The thesis will begin by describing the prevalence of perinatal loss and the impact of this experience on women and their families. This will lead into a review of the existing literature, exploring the link between miscarriage and psychological distress, in addition to theories of grief, therapeutic approaches, and the role of various factors in supporting and/or impairing the bereavement process. This thesis will explore the research related to miscarriage, while also considering the research related to ambiguous loss, disenfranchised grief and group therapy for marginalized populations. The thesis will highlight the connections between these constructs to develop a group therapy approach to support perinatal grief. This approach will include ten skills and/or techniques which may be incorporated within a group. The method of delivery will also be considered; including, frequency, duration, and guidelines for participation. The thesis will conclude by addressing strengths and limitations, in addition to providing suggestions for research and implementation.