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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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ALARCAO, Ana Carolina Jacinto; CARVALHO, Maria Dalva de Barros  and  PELLOSO, Sandra Marisa. The death of a young son in violent circumstance: understanding the experience of the mother. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.3, pp.341-347. ISSN 1518-8345.

This study was aimed at understanding the life of a mother who lost their child in violent circumstances. The methodological proceedings were supported on phenomenology. The study population was constituted by five mothers who had lost its young children for homicide. These homicides occurred different times ranging from 50 days to 10 years. I used as instrument of collection of data open interview the phenomenological method guided by a orienting question. The analysis phenomenology in their discourses showed the comprehension of essential meanings which were systematized in categories: the child's mummification in the memory; the two ways followed by the publicity concerning the death; fondness to spirituality to endure the pain from the child's death; maternal complicity and impunity. The results of this study can contribute to elaboration of intervention proposals close to the mothers in the sense of helping them in the reorganization of their lives after son's death.

Keywords : death; violence; mothers.

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