Burying my son and living life without one of my children walking with me continues to be the hardest thing I have ever done. I wouldn’t wish the pain and struggle on my worst enemy.
But I am determined not to waste the things that God is teaching me through this experience.
I want to allow Him to redeem this brokenness.
That’s why I share my journey.
I am working on a series of posts that will highlight some of the most helpful things people did for me and our family in the early days of our grief journey. I will also share the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological challenges and experiences of bereavement.
I am asking other bereaved parents who are willing, to share their experiences so people can have the benefit of many and varied voices:
(I will never reveal any names or identifying information)
- What did people do for you and your family that was particularly helpful around the time of your child’s death?
- What do you wish had been done differently?
- What advice would you give to a parent in the first few weeks of grief?
- What support did you receive from your church or faith community?
- What support did you wish you had received from your church or faith community?
- What were the greatest challenges with extended family?
- What was helpful for your surviving children as they grieved?
- What surprised you most about grieving your child?
- What do you want others to know about your grief journey?
These are just a few questions that I would like to explore–you may think of others. Please feel free to respond in the “comments” section or send me an email to Godsgrdnr@aol.com.
You can also join the discussion on the public Facebook page: Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child.
There is nothing easy about grieving a child, but I pray that sharing our experiences can help ease the pain of other parents just beginning this journey.