Perinatal Death: How Fathers Grieve
The purpose of this study was to explore with fathers their perinatal death experiences. Data were collected from 11 fathers who experienced a perinatal death. Fathers who experienced perinatal death in the second trimester or later reported having a more intense and more prolonged grieving experience. Grief intensity diminished over time and remained mild to moderate for as long as 5 years following the death. Fathers felt their experience was misunderstood by family, friends, and co-workers and they were not adequately supported by their family or the community.
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Reprinted from the Journal of Perinatal Education 6(4), 1997 with permission. Address correspondence to Tim Wagner at 9859 Dos Cerros Loop E, Boerne, TX 78006, or email to