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The Compassionate Friends provide support in many ways

The death of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences. You will struggle with many intense and frightening emotions, including depression, anger, and guilt. You may feel isolated and alone in your grief, but having someone to lean on can help you through the grieving process.

Only another bereaved parent can fully understand the pain and anguish you feel after the loss of your child. Their willingness to listen and their gentle encouragement may give you the strength you need to carry on. You may find it helpful to attend a support group in your area, or speak via the telephone to someone who has lived a similar experience, or just drop into the centre for an understanding chat.

In time we will find it possible to enjoy ourselves again, unbelievable though it may seem when we are newly bereaved.

Role models are important and it gives us hope and encouragement to see other bereaved parents living their lives and even helping others to take their first steps in the adjustment to the death of their child.

Slowly the intensity of our grief diminishes and we begin to take up the threads of life again, moving into what will become our new normality. We all know that life will never be the same after the death of our child, but time and the mutual support of shared experiences will help us to find ways to honor our child’s life, to rebuild our own, and to grow in wisdom, strength and love.

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”― Vicki Harrison

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