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Support for the Newly Bereaved

If you are a newly bereaved parent or family member you may be overwhelmed by the many emotions and feelings you are currently dealing with.  Many bereaved parents ask questions like “Am I losing my mind?” or “Is this normal?

Every grief is unique but among those who have lost a child there are many common reactions such as:

  • Shock
  • Numbness
  • Confusion
  • Mental Anguish
  • Physical Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Crying all of the time or not crying at all
  • Forgetfulness
  • Lack of focus and unable to concentrate
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Loss of appetite or wanting to eat a lot
  • Inability to sleep or wanting to sleep all the time
  • Wanting to talk or wanting to withdraw
  • Loneliness
  • Depression
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Thinking of your child every minute
  • Longing for your child
  • Deep heart broken sadness

All of these reactions are considered normal when you have suffered the worst tragedy in life . . . the loss of a child.  They are part of the grieving process and you will need to give yourself time to work through any that you may be experiencing.  Please read our link to Grieving Tips for tips on how you may begin to cope and heal.

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