Perceptions of orphans’ grief support program in Zambia

Sharon M. Kirkpatrick, Beverly J. South, Wilaiporn Rojjanasrirat, Kelsey Welch Novelli, Lee A. Williams


Purpose: To describe the perceptions of orphans, their caregivers, and teachers related to the implementation of grief support intervention programs.

Methods: A descriptive study using structured interview questionnaires was conducted among 74 participants, which included 32 orphans, 32 caregivers, and 10 teachers in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia.

Findings: Small-group interventions alleviated some of the manifestations of grief in the orphans who participated. They reported feeling happier, less lonely, less angry and more confident. Caregivers and teachers perceived positive changes in orphans’ behavior.

Conclusions: Orphans benefit from small-group grief support interventions. On-going evaluation of activities and interventions is essential to enhance the effectiveness of grief support programs.

Clinical Relevance: Healthcare professionals play a key role in developing, evaluating, and promoting programs which address the emotional distress of grieving orphans.


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