Reflecting on risk taking
enabling parents to co-create ritual following the death of their baby in-utero
Keywords:Bereavement by the death of a baby in-utero, chaplaincy, co-construction, ritual
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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