Coping with the Loss of a Child
Coping with the loss of a child is a heartbreaking task that lasts a lifetime. Whether you are a newly bereaved parent or lost a child many years ago, we are here for you.
Because Ian’s Place exists to help bereaved parents find a place of comfort and healing in a Christian environment.
Our Top 10 Tips for Coping with the Lost of a Child
Tip Number 1:
Lean on Others for Help
Firstly, it helps to lean on others when you have lost a child. Although you feel alone in your grief, the truth is many share a similar sense of loss. Other members of your family and friend circle hurt, too. Let them comfort you, even if it just means sitting together in silence. Later, opportunities to discuss feelings and memories will arrive, allowing everyone to begin healing from this tremendous pain.
Tip Number 2:
Join a Support Group
As a bereaved parent, it’s possible you feel that others who have not experienced the loss of a child can’t possibly understand the depth of your grief. While this is true, there are people in your community who suffer similar heartbreak. That’s why Ian’s Place was created. It’s a space where bereaved parents come together to listen, cry, talk, and pray together. Don’t hesitate to join us—we are in the same boat and can walk with you back into the light.
Tip Number 3: Create a Comforting Routine
Unquestionably, your world gets turned upside down when you lose a child. Therefore, lots of bereaved parents take comfort when they create new routines. Make more time for yourself to check in with your feelings. Whether this means you drink a solitary cup of tea while watching the sunrise or stop for prayer at lunch is unimportant. Alternatively,, you can take a nap in the afternoon. The key is to rearrange your schedule to reflect the change you experience.
Tip 4: Prepare for Long-term Pain
One of the best ways to cope is to listen to yourself. When you feel overwhelmed, take a break. Do kind things for yourself. Specifically, this can involve remembering your child by looking at old photos, discussing fond memories, or listening to special music. In the event you need a distraction, give yourself permission to go for a walk or take a bath. Similarly, you can watch a movie or engage in any other distraction that brings relief.
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Coping with the Loss of a Child Tip 7: Find Creative Outlets
In truth, many bereaved parents can’t make sense of their feelings. Their shock is so overwhelming they can’t connect with their emotions. This is where creative outlets can help. By all means, pick up a sketch pad, musical instrument, journal, or paintbrush if you feel empty or confused. Allow your imagination to express what you can’t put into words. Surprisingly, bereaved parents often feel better when they take a few moments to sketch, write, or play music.
Tip 8: Perform Acts of Kindness
As bereaved parents ourselves, we know how it feels to lose a child. It is painful to have no place to put the love and concern you gave to your child. Consequently, relief can come when you perform acts of kindness for others. You can plant a tree in your child’s memory, do volunteer work at a hospital, or donate money to a charity. In other words, find a way to express the love for your child. It really does help.
Tip 9: Take Care of Your Health
To be sure, it’s easy to neglect yourself when coping with the loss of a child. Nothing else seems to matter. However, it’s important to know that a nutritious diet, light exercise, and regular sleep can ease the pain you experience. Go easy with yourself and eat a piece of fruit with every meal. Take a walk before or after work. Stay away from screens for an hour before bed. With this intention, you give your system a chance to get better.
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