Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Liles, Ray

Second Advisor

McCaslin, Rosemary


This study seeks to answer questions on the effects of the presence of surviving children on bereaved parents' grief. Bereaved parents have been shown to be at risk for psychological, social and health related conditions due to the unique type of grief experienced from the loss of a child. Increasing knowledge related to factors that influence how bereaved parents process grief could lead to interventions becoming more appropriate in addressing the specific needs of this population.