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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Coping with the Loss of a Child

I noticed that this month is Bereaved Parents Awareness Month so I thought that would be a good topic to cover. Grief is a process that has many stages and you can’t rush any of them. Each person responds differently to grief and some may go through the stages at different rates. Some people may take longer to go through the stages and that is fine.

Weather the death of a child is expected when a serious illness or involved, or if it unexpected, parents will go through many stages and feel many different emotions.

Some emotions you may experience include:

- Denial

- Disbelief

- Confusion

- Shock

- Sadness

- Yearning

- Anger

- Humiliation

- Despair

- Guilt

These emotions are perfectly normal and they may be very intense. They may last for only a short time or they may linger, but they all play an important role in helping come to terms with your loss.

Some Ways of Coping:

Coping with death is vital to your mental health. You should allow yourself to grieve and here are some ways to help you:

- Seek out caring people with whom to share your feelings

- Don’t be afraid to express your feelings

- Take care of your health

- Postpone any major life changes until you have gone through the whole grieving process

- Be patient

- Seek outside help if you need it

If you need further information, here are some web sites with helpful information:

Death of a Child, the Grief of the Parents: A Lifetime Journey (National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death and Pregnancy Loss Resource Center)

Surviving Your Child’s Suicide (Compassionate Friends)

The Sudden Death of a Child (Compassionate Friends)

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