Today I’ve been reminded again that there are so many situations that GRIEVING PARENTS are dealing with, time and time again, weeks, months and years after the actual loss of their child. Even a picture of a place can carry so much memories…
I read Paul’s beautiful piece about Letting Go and Carly’s article Easing The Pain For Bereaved Loved Ones This Holiday Season on Still Standing Magazine.
Just the other day in my previous blog I posted about ‘The Things that Are Just Mine’ and there are so many challenges bereaved parents go through on a daily basis which mostly they don’t share. Articles like Paul’s, Carly’s and all the other authors on Still Standing Magazine AND all the authors of their personal blogs are helping those who might be lucky enough NOT to belong to this ‘club’ of GRIEVING PARENTS but touched enough because they know someone or support someone close to them.
Thinking about the book (GRIEVING PARENTS – Surviving Loss As A Couple) I’m reflecting on the challenges a couple is facing post loss. These are mostly challenges you (the public) won’t see. In the light of the last post of openness and allowing vulnerability by sharing, let me share some of the challenges I have experienced:
- different forms and time lines of grieving
- being emotional in all forms: sad, angry, moody… (you name it) and projecting it onto my partner
- impatience, with myself, with my partner, with our surviving child, with everything and every one – to the point of my partner not understanding why
- being unrecognizable to myself and finding nothing ‘normal’ in the ‘new normal’
- sadness over not having another child
- sudden outburst of _____ (you name it)
- not being able to multi-task (as I was before), like listening to my partner while feeding my child
- physical challenges like overbearing tiredness, inflammations, head aches.
What are the challenges you have experienced post loss that you are free enough to share?
- Letting Go (Still Standing Magazine)
- Words fail me. (jolauro.wordpress.com)
- Dealing with grief (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Writing a children’s book helped grieving dad in coming to terms with his loss (solihullupdates.com)