THE LOSS OF A CHILD AND EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE HEALING

There are few, if any, events in life as traumatic, heart-wrenching, and crushing as the death of a child. While nothing can mute the pain of such a life-shattering loss, others who know this experience can help those suffering articulate the chaos of their feelings and see that they can, eventually, feel whole again.
 
It is only through experiencing grief that bereaved parents ultimately heal. Moving through the phases of grief, the bereaved person works toward restoration. Understanding these phases, knowing what to expect, and learning what they can do to help ourselves give us greater assurance and comfort.
 
A bereaved parent herself, offers grieving parents practical help and emotional support. This information also helps family members, friends, and caregivers relate to grieving parents and aids them, too, in understanding the process of healing through grief.
 
The death of a child is that unimaginable loss no parent ever expects to face. In our group ALL mothers share their individual stories of how to survive in the darkest hour. We candidly share with other bereaved parents what to expect in the first year and long beyond:*Harmonious relationships can become strained*There is a new definition of what one considers "normal" *The question "how many children do you have?" can be devastating*Mothers and Fathers mourn and cope differently
*Surviving siblings grieve and suffer as well
*There simply is no answer to the question "why?"

This sharing in itself is a catharsis and because each of our mothers lost her child, she is in a unique position to provide perspective on what newly bereaved parents can expect to feel. The mothers of our group offer reassurance that the clouds of grief do lessen with time and that grieving parents will find a way to live, and even laugh again.

Just a few things I wanted to share that I have learned along the path of our tragic losses. We all show in all of our different ways how much we can reach out and love each other and it means the world to me and has since day one. You are a group of amazing women (and men) and for your love I am so very thankful.
God Bless all of you!
 
 Love Jacqueline