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Table 1 Background characteristics of 64 parents1 participating in the online focus group discussions and of their deceased children

From: How do parents experience support after the death of their child?

Characteristics Participants N = 64
Number %
Participating parent   
Mother 53 83
Father 4 6
Unknown 7 11
Ethnicity   
Dutch 57 89
Unknown 7 11
Church membership   
No 35 55
Yes 22 34
Unknown 7 11
Year of death of the child   
1970-1999 22 34
2000-2012 35 55
Unknown 7 11
Age of the child at time of death   
Stillbirth 10 16
First month 15 23
2nd -12th month 25 39
Second year 7 11
Unknown 7 11
Expected /unexpected death   
Expected 16 25
Unexpected 41 64
Unknown 7 11
Cause of death   
Pregnancy and childbirth related conditions 13 20
Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities 10 16
Sudden infant death syndrome 26 41
Other 8 12
Unknown 7 11
Place of death   
Stillbirth 10 16
At home 24 38
In hospital 15 23
Other 8 12
Unknown 7 11
  1. Seven parents who participated in the online focus group discussions did not fill out the questionnaire (answer category: ‘unknown’)