Abstract

This study investigates the experience of viewing or not viewing the body for 64 relatives bereaved after a sudden and unexpected death1. Thematic analyses of in-depth interviews reveal the importance of viewing and the challenges in providing choice. Some participants experienced difficulties including regret and intrusive images. These are discussed alongside the transformative meanings of seeing or not seeing the body for bereaved relatives.

Keywords

viewing, body, choice, meaning, bereavement

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