What We said and what I wish We said_ Regret during final conversations

Kirsten M. Weber, Mark Lemanski, Marni Lorenz, Christine Bingle

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Research indicates that final conversations with dying loved ones are significant but challenging relational events for survivors. Using a qualitative theme analysis, the present study documented survivors’ (N = 44) retrospective reports of experiences of regret during final conversations. The analysis revealed experiences of validation regret, intersubjective regret, and encumbrance regret, and the use of regret management techniques. This knowledge is useful because it points to the impetus of regret experienced during final conversations and implicates communication patterns that could negatively impact bereavement.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDeath Studies
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


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