Death of a Parent

Grieving After the Death of a Parent

Support to individuals enduring the loss of a parent must be couched in an intensely empathic understanding of developmental and attachment issues.  Whether the loss is sudden or anticipated, grieving the death of a parent is often complex and traumatic on multiple levels.  There may be unfinished business, ambivalent feelings, regrets, and developmental challenges in learning to live without a parent.  The specific nature of the loss must be grounded in recollecting the interpersonal meanings built into the relationship as well as facing the challenges to adjust to the new world without a parent.

What We Lose When A Parent Dies

What We Lose When A Parent Dies

To understand the significance of the loss of a parent, it's helpful to examine the many losses associated with this death. What we lose when a parent dies can be complex and traumatic on multiple levels. The Parent/Child Relationship There is no one who can replace a...