No parent should have to endure the loss of a child. Speak with the funeral home to learn about grief counseling options, and keep the following points in mind as you heal:
- Grieve on Your Own Terms
Grief is unique in that there is no universal standard for coping with the loss of a loved one. One parent who loses a child may display his or her emotions differently from another, and this is okay. It is important to remember to take care of yourself while you are grieving (eat properly, try to get enough sleep, etc.) and to seek the comfort and help that you need.
- Remember You Are Not at Fault
After the initial shock of losing a child subsides, the first question many parents ask themselves is: “What could I have done differently?” However, it is important to not let your mind run wild with “What if?” scenarios. It may be difficult to accept that you had no control over your child’s death, but understanding that you are not at fault is important to your well-being and the well-being of those who love you.
- Express Yourself
You may feel guilty expressing your wants and needs while trying to cope with the loss of a child. This is natural. During and after the funeral-planning process, express yourself to close friends, family members, or a grief support counselor in a one-on-one or group setting in which you feel comfortable.
Grieving the loss of a child is the most heart-wrenching process a parent can endure. To work with a Pierce County funeral home whose staff is caring and compassionate, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Cemetery at (253) 584-0252. Because we understand how devastating it is to lose a young child, we provide free burial and cremation services to families who have lost an infant or child under the age of ten.