Our daughter, Sarah, was killed in a car accident three years ago. She was sixteen and the fourth of our five children. After that, my husband and I went through grief counseling and joined groups of parents who had also lost children. We found that they were the most helpful to us, so we started our own grief group for parents.
Since we started that group, I’ve learned that many parents who lose children beat themselves up for being angry. They are surprised and relieved to know that it’s okay to feel that emotion. Sadly, as grieving parents, we have to teach others how to be around us. I’ve heard you talk on your radio program with those in similar circumstances. I appreciate your honesty with them without the platitudes that I’ve heard many counselors use.
This experience will always be hard, but we get up each day and live. Before this happened, I remember saying “I just couldn’t go on if something happened to my child.” But each day after my daughter was killed, I still woke up and lived that day. I started by living hour by hour at first, and then progressed to living day by day. Life keeps going on, and I choose to live it, and I want to offer that hope to other grieving parents.
How To Live When Your Child Has Died
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