When my daughter, Becca, died, I thought I was getting early Alzheimer’s because of how forgetful I was, how scrambled my mind felt, and how quickly important information could leave my brain. I had no idea for the first couple of years that it was “normal” for a parent after the death of their child, and it was a relief to find that out.
What else is “normal” for a newly bereaved parent?
First, it is important to know that I consider “newly” bereaved, as anything from the very first day to the first two or three years. It’s also important to know that most experts will say that for a parent who has lost a child, anything under five years is considered fresh grief. Losing a child is also considered traumatic grief – it is a trauma, and PTSD can come with it, depending on the circumstances of their death.
Along with some of my own experiences, I have asked some of my friends who have been on this journey for a while to share a word with those of you who are new on this unwanted path. Last week we heard from four of them. This week we will hear from five more. They are:
- BJ Jensen – Love in Motion Signing Choir (www.signingchoir.com)
- Sara Nelson – Footsteps of Hope (www.hopefootsteps.com)
- Michele Paul – Umbrella Ministries (www.umbrellaministries.com)
- Melanie Delorme – After the Flowers Die (www.melaniedelorme.com
- Pam Vredevelt – Licensed Counselor and author (www.pamvredevelt.com)
As you listen, you will find out that pretty much whatever it is you are experiencing is normal after the death of your child, and it’s such a relief to hear it from others who have been right where you are.
(Note: The views and opinions of our guests outside of this podcast may not be in agreement with GPS Hope.)
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