One of the most difficult losses a family can experience is the loss of a wished-for child. It is commonly sudden and unexpected, and the bereaved may be young and/or inexperienced in the process of grief.
Society’s expectation that this is simply a medical misfortune often stands in contradiction to the family’s experience of it being a death and a tragedy. Though we cannot diminish the pain that comes from this loss, we can minimize the roadblocks that may complicate parents’ grief.
In this workshop, presenter Pat Schweibert will:
-Describe how various types of child loss (age/cause) may affect family members, including parents, siblings, and grandparents;
-List special concerns that may affect parents;
-Identify how the myths of grief can make the bereaved family feel disenfranchised;
-Learn how to create safe places for parents to grieve;
-Understand how the death of a baby may impact future pregnancies;
-Describe ways to support persons experiencing this kind of grief.