Date of Award

Summer 1980

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Thirty-six process recordings of nurse-client interactions were searched to answer the questions: What were the critical indicators of grieving which were evident during the first two months of one subject's acute grief? and, What nursing did a nurse utilize when assisting a subject with his grief during the first two months of acute grief? The ten critical indicators identified for grieving-Acute were Sadness, Denial of Loss: Partial, Perception of Role Changes, Perception of Continued Loss, Expressing Effect of Loss on Family Relationships, Reviewing Past Events, Sense of Abandonment, Anger, Reality Testing and Guilt. The eleven nursing measures found were Acceptance of Feelings, Acceptance of Control of Environment, Sharing of Information, Attentive Listening, Touch, Positive Reinforcement of Future Planning, Body Image Feedback, Continuity of Care, Positive Reinforcement of Past Roles Mutual Goal Setting and Subject Advocacy. The findings increase the body of knowledge about the nursing diagnosis Grieving-Acute.



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