Parents ' Whose Child Died From A Drug Overdose

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Introduction
Parents’ whose child died from a drug overdose not only are grieving the loss of their child, they are also susceptible to mental health issues, and may experience a greater amount of grief (Feigelman et al., 2011). In part because drug related deaths tend to be viewed as unfavorable, with the parents often being blamed (Feigelman et al., 2011) (Guy, 2004) (da Silva, Noto, & Formigoni, 2007). Furthermore, parents’ experience feelings of guilt for not interceding, and preventing the death of their child (Feigelman et al., 2011) (Guy, 2004) (da Silva, Noto, & Formigoni, 2007). Moreover, due to the social and physical effects felt after the loss of a child, parents’ need additional support to potentially avert any negative effects (Aho et al., 2014) ) (Arnold & Gemma, 2008; Hogan & Schmitt, 2002; Kreicbergs, Lannen, Onelov, & Wolfe, 2007; Murphy, Johnson, Cain, Das Gupta, Dimond & Lohan, 1998; White, Walker, & Richards, 2008).
Description of program
The proposal of this project is to offer a service to parents grieving the loss of their child, with emphasis on children who passed away as the result of a drug overdose. This program would provide a group-therapy type of counseling for parents searching for help. Research has indicated that social support is effective in the grief process (Aho et al., 2014) (Arnold & Gemma, 2008; Hogan & Schmitt, 2002; Kreicbergs, Lannen, Onelov, & Wolfe, 2007; Murphy, Johnson, Cain, Das Gupta, Dimond & Lohan, 1998; White,…
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