Experiencing grief after the loss of a child
"Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”
Jamie Anderson, As the Lights Wink Out
Grief is hard. It can be overwhelming, painful and exhausting, and there is no easy way to journey through it. However, there are some steps you can take that can support you through the experience and help you to remember your child in loving and supportive ways.
Joining a support group for the loss of a child may help you cope with grief. It can provide a safe place for you to experience your grief alongside others facing similar circumstances. According to Grief Australia, support groups can help you understand your grief experience. They can also help to reduce feelings of loneliness, and provide strategies to help you cope in your day-to-day life.
Grief Australia and Compassionate Friends Victoria are two organisations that provide programs specifically for parents who have lost a child. You can also reach out to your family doctor, or contact the Community Care & Wellbeing program to find out if there are support groups in your area.