Coping with the Death of a Parent
Our parents are our first mentors, our protectors, and the shoulders we leaned on. The loss of a parent is profound. Grief is a process and the stages can’t be skipped. Take your time.
Life Transitions Coach and author of The Hourglass, Diane Dennis, says that the grief process is the same as suffering any other loss, except this one is tied to more emotions due to unfinished business, deep emotional ties or difficult relationships. It can bring up: anger, guilt, blame, shame, depression.
1. The underlying Belief surrounding the circumstances and timing (of a parent’s death) affects the emotional impact and our ability to get to acceptance:
These examples can lead to
2. Guilt: I am not a good daughter because I didn’t ……
3. Anger: How could God let this happen to such a wonderful person
Work through these feelings. If they persist see a professional. Remember, your own children are watching you—don’t perpetuate these generational attitudes
Lessons to learn:
A WILL SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A WEAPON
GIVE YOUR CHILDREN WHAT YOU FAILED TO RECEIVE