Losing a child can be one of the most difficult experiences of our lives. Parental grief may be associated with irrational concerns regarding the cause of death, which can intensify grief behavior.
Parents who’ve lost a child are more prone to feeling:
- Guilt surrounding the death. It is important to identify what is “real guilt.”
- Disruption of spiritual or religious beliefs. One’s spiritual beliefs can positively or negatively impact the depth and degree of one’s feelings of guilt.
- Emotional turmoil at the sight of other children the same age.
Moving the grief may be a long process. You might find help through:
- Finding someone who can listen to you reminisce about your child.
- Memorialize the child in some special way – however, building a shrine to the child is not helpful.