Support/Counselors

Some reasons you may need counseling:

When a child dies, the surviving family members face tremendous challenges as they grieve and attempt to rebuild their lives. The social support of friends and loved ones is critical in this process. Some individuals may also find that talking with a counselor of therapist can be helpful. Here are some of the reasons therapy can help:

  1. Counseling can provide a setting for more fully process the events and feelings surrounding the actual loss of a child. Guided sharing, journaling, and letter writing are commonly used therapy tools that facilitate this process.
  2. When the grief reaction is complicated, therapy can also provide a forum for untangling the complicated web of feelings and perceptions that are present, especially if pronounced guilt is an issue.
  3. Therapy can help with the transitional tasks of coping with life after the death of a loved one, literally, with helping individuals and families move on in a way that is most meaningful, respectful, and fulfilling.
  4. Therapy can be a place where spiritual issues are addressed, making sure to coordinate care with spiritual caregivers as appropriate. Many survivors struggle with spiritual questions (for example, “Where is/was God?”) surrounding the death of a child.
  5. As the weeks, months, or years pass by, a strong therapy relationship can be returned to as needed, to augment the natural support systems of a survivor’s life.

Remember the parent-child relationship remains regardless of the “child’s” age.

Parents struggle with the same issues whether the lost child is a newborn or a senior citizen. Regardless of how much time has passed since the loss, it is never too late to seek professional help.

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Patricia Hyland 

Joy Bishop 

Dr Jon Farrell-Higgins, Ph.D. Psychologist

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(Psychology Today)

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