Toward a theory of helpfulness for the elderly bereaved: an invitation to a new life.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to generate a theory of helpfulness for the elderly bereaved. The theory is grounded in data from responses of 30 participants concerning the advice they would give others who have lost a spouse and how others were helpful to them. Participants responded during six interviews following death of their spouses. A content analysis of responses was the basis of a dialectical theory of helpfulness: An Invitation to a New Life.

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