It s been said time and time again: there is nothing more difficult than enduring the loss of a child. Parents are, after all, not meant to outlive their offspring. It does happen, however, and if you find yourself facing such a misfortune, knowing what to do next can seem insurmountable. There is comfort in knowing you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention s latest calculations, more than 10,000 children die every year meaning there are tens of thousands of parents who understand what it is like to go through the loss you have experienced. How to Endure the Loss of a Child: A Parent s Guide to Mourning and Moving Forward will give you the tools you need to cope, endure, and continue living your life. You will find a vast compilation of resources, coping strategies, outreach programs and suggestions for how to deal with the emotional trauma of losing a child. You will grasp how to channel your sadness, anger, and grief into positive forces in your life, through community involvement, exercise, outreach, volunteering, or a number of other outlets. You will also learn how to find support, whether it is from your family, community members, coworkers, or members of your local church. You will also discover how to help friends, loved ones, and family members cope with the loss of their children. How to Endure the Loss of a Child will provide you with the tools you need to process and to interact with those around you. You will learn ways to explain your loss to others, how to accept condolences and assistance gracefully, how to take time for yourself to complete the grieving process, and how to support other families who have lost children. The grief that follows the loss of a child might seem unbearable, but experiencing grief is just one of the facets of the healing process. This book takes a detailed look at the five stages of grief: Denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. You will learn how to identify and deal with each of these stages, as well as how to transition into the final stage of acceptance. While you may never truly get over the loss of a child, How to Endure the Loss of a Child serves as a useful tool for learning how to push forward despite one of life s most traumatizing events.
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