Evaluation of a Memory Book Intervention With Orphaned Children in South Africa

Barbara Braband, University of Portland
Tamara Faris
Kaye Wilson-Anderson, University of Portland

Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 2014, Volume 29, Issue 4, 337-343.

© 2014 Elsevier

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Abstract

The purpose of this collaborative research study was to evaluate the use of the Memory Book intervention for orphaned children's grief and loss recovery. A qualitative phenomenological approach was implemented to evaluate the Memory Book intervention with orphaned children at two children's homes in South Africa. Study findings support the ability of children to work through loss and grief when they are assisted in preserving and telling their story. The Memory Book intervention assists children to chronicle their lives and demonstrates the potential to guide future interventions by care providers and nurses in this context.