Loss of a Parent
Grief, Denial, Acceptance, Grieving, Loss of Mother, Loss of Father, Loss of Parent, Bereavement
They Might Be Thinking:
What do I do now that my life long guide is no longer here?
Who do I go to when I have questions about my childhood?
How long do I have to live?
Will I suffer the same illnesses as my parent?
Holidays, birthdays and anniversaries may now be more difficult.
I feel numb, shocked, and fearful.
I cry easily when I think about my parents.
I am having trouble sleeping.
I don't feel hungry and I don't feel like going out.
I can't concentrate at work.
Even the simplest decisions are hard for me these days.
Words That Might Be Encouraging:
Tell me about him or her.
I miss him or her so much, too.
Here’s what I loved about him or her.
Here’s something special he or she did that I’ll always remember.
I’m sorry for your loss.
I’m here for you.
There is no right or wrong way to feel.
I am here for you whenever and for whatever you need.
Take the time you need to grieve.
It may take a while to move forward, but we repect your decision.
Words That Might Be Discouraging:
I know how you are feeling.
Be thankful for what you have.
Don’t cry. It’s all going to be okay.
Perhaps shift your focus to benefits and insurance policies, since those are things you can control.
I feel your pain.
How about a hug?
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