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Parental Grief

It has been said that the death of a child is the most devastating loss that one can experience. When a child dies, it changes your world as you are thrown into a new world of personal chaos. It can be hard to relate to others as you move through this time, and normal tasks and routines can seem overwhelming. (Source: Grief Digest, Volume 1, Issue 3)

Everyone experiences their grief differently, and acknowledging that there is “no script” for healing can help alleviate some of the pressure people feel in the early stages of their grief. Healing takes place best in a supportive community. Bereaved parents are encouraged to attend a support group that offers empathy, compassion and fellowship. 

For more information on parental grief support groups in the community, please contact the Pediatric Palliative Care Service at 902.470.8942.