Date of Defense




First Advisor

Sally Vliem

Second Advisor

Sal Sutkowi

Third Advisor

Alison Dickinson


Chronic sorrow is defined as a form of sadness that comes and goes through out the lifetime of a chronically ill individual. Rosenburg (1998) and Teel (1991) describe the sadness as varying between the individual and the situation. Burke, Eakes, & Hainsworth (1999) found that chronic sorrow can be generalized between various chronic illnesses, including individuals with cancer, Parkinson's Disease, and those with infertility problems. Studies have found that caregivers and family members of patients with chronic illness also experience chronic sorrow. The focus of this paper is to assess the prevalence and effects of chronic sorrow in chronically ill patients, their families, and caregivers, as well as to identify the interventions used to help deal with this chronic sorrow.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only