Grief is a strange thing. I thought I was doing well with the unexpected loss of my significant other, Tony to suicide March 4, 2016. The first two years were especially difficult for me, and I found myself wondering how I would go on without him. As time went on, I began to come to the realization that I could live without him and not feel so sad every single day.
“We’re having salmon for dinner,” I announced, and turned to face my husband. Only he was not there. John died months ago and there was no longer a “we.” Now it was just me. After 63 years of marriage, adapting to life without John is difficult. Though I cared for him until he died and made the final arrangements, I still struggle with disbelief. What should I do with the rest of my life?
You have to grow into your grief. No one can tell you how to do it.
My beautiful daughter died many years ago, passed away in the crook of her daddy’s comfortable arm, that’s how small she was. She left many years ago, as her soul took flight after only two days of this earthly life. I’ve always written about her and at the beginning, when emotions were really raw, writing was my consolation.
While perhaps not the cheeriest of subjects, you may have unfortunately found yourself in the situation where you and your children are faced with the concept of death. As a parent, few things in life are harder to explain, especially when your children could be so young.
People grieving is one of the hardest things to witness and when it is the loss of a child it is particularly devastating. It is a loss like no other and a pain that can be all-consuming for a time. What are the best ways to help someone through this process? Below are six things that parents grieving the loss of a child want you to know.
Love never dies and neither does grief.