Not Helpful/Hurtful Comments   He’s in a better place & happy   God needed an angel   Was he your only child? -- This o...
Difficult Situations   His friend’s birthdays   Looking where he should be sitting at in church   Taking my other kids ...
Helpful Interventions   Music…Mitchell loved music, and I find myself    comforted by uplifting, spiritual music that let...
Helpful Interventions   Mitchell’s friends remembering and not being    afraid to talk to me   The parent support group...
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Grief & bereavement presentation parent slides

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Grief & Bereavement presentation at Akron Children's Hospital, October 2011. Very good slides of a parent speaker, who shared unhelpful comments and some helpful interventions dealing with the grief of losing a child.

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Grief & bereavement presentation parent slides

  1. 1. Not Helpful/Hurtful Comments He’s in a better place & happy God needed an angel Was he your only child? -- This offended me at first but now I know what they meant, I am thankful that I have other children to focus on, BUT it does not ease the burden of my loss At least you had him for 15 years….REALLY??? Looks like you are doing ok and back to normal….REALLY???
  2. 2. Difficult Situations His friend’s birthdays Looking where he should be sitting at in church Taking my other kids to trips he would have been on Having dinner at our table with a missing plate All holidays… Not wanting to “offend” or make people feel uneasy by mentioning his name, but also not wanting people to forget As this year approaches and all his friends are getting their senior pictures done; Knowing I won’t get to do that and will have to endure parties that he won’t be at
  3. 3. Helpful Interventions Music…Mitchell loved music, and I find myself comforted by uplifting, spiritual music that lets me know all is o.k. Butterflies: Mitchell’s last year at middle school we went on a field trip and he said if he was reincarnated (and we did not know he was sick) he would come back as a butterfly…. Just speaking to him whether it be in my car, at home, church I don’t feel I have to be at the grave sight to speak to him- in fact that makes it more difficult
  4. 4. Helpful Interventions Mitchell’s friends remembering and not being afraid to talk to me The parent support group Spiritual belief: At first I blamed God, then myself, now I understand that God does what is best for that person, not what YOU think he should do for YOU- It was MITCH we ask God to do what was best for, not us…

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