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Associative Journal of Health Sciences

The Only Surviving Child Born After the Parental Loss of Two Children: A Case Study

  • Open or CloseVicki Black* and Patricia Troyan

    Assistant Professor, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    *Corresponding author:Vicki Black, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University, 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, GA 3034, Georgia, USA

Submission: March 21, 2024;Published: April 02, 2024

DOI: 10.31031/AJHS.2024.03.000557

ISSN : 2640-9275
Volume3 Issue2


The death of a child is heartbreaking and one of the most painful experiences for family members. There is an abundance of literature describing the loss and grief associated with sibling death; however, there is limited research about children who were born after the death of their sibling(s), especially for siblings who do not see themselves as replacement children. A single case study was used to explore how the death of two siblings affected the life of an adult who was born after the death of her siblings before her own birth. Three interviews provided the data. Thematic analysis resulted in four themes: “Heartache goes hand-in-hand with love;” “I was scared I would die too;” “I felt like I had to make my parents happy;” and “I am a chronic worrier.” The participant’s data are presented in a story format.

Keywords:Case Study; Sibling Death; Replacement Child; Subsequent Child

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