Maternal mourning: pain and coping with the loss of a baby

  • Beatriz Gonçalves Lopes
  • Pollyanna Kássia de Oliveira Borges
  • Clóris Regina Blanski Grden
  • Cibele de Moura Sales
  • Nauristela Ferreira Paniago Damasceno
  • Carlos Eduardo Coradassi
Keywords: Infant Mortality, Grief, Mother-Child Relations.


Objective: to understand how mothers experienced the experience of their babies’ mourning. Methods: this is a qualitative study, conducted with nine mothers who experienced the loss of a child under one year. Semistructured interviews were conducted, and the reports were organized using the Collective Subject Discourse. Results: the participants indicated the complexity and difficulties of the mourning process, implying a grief thatlasted but could be overcome through spirituality and family support. They also showed the lack of support from the health services. Conclusion: c