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Parenting After Loss


Have you lost a baby during pregnancy or infancy and you are also parenting another child?

"In the midst of grief, how do you stop parenting the deceased child while you are simultaneously struggling to meet the parenting needs of the children who remain?"

     - Are you having trouble parenting your surviving children although it has been some time since your baby died?

     - Do you feel anxious, a sense of vulnerability and overprotectiveness of your children that feels out of control at times?

     - Do you feel that you need continued support, while your partner seems to have "moved on"? 


Bereaved parents have ongoing emotional needs after their child has died.  It can be invaluable to be able to open up to other bereaved parents with surviving children about the same struggles and challenges, as well as victories and hopes.

Research has found bereaved parents do not "recover" from the loss.  Instead, bereaved parenting is an act of regeneration - picking up the pieces in the face of devastation, and regenerating both a sense of self, and a sense of family.
 
Therapy can help.