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?
  • Say nothing. 
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