Identity as a Bereaved Parent
Give yourself permission to go on with your life.
Grief counselor Nancy Frumer Styron describes how some people are unable to really function after the death of their child, including with their other children. It’s important to understand that that kind of withholding limits one’s ability to experience the full range of what’s possible: other people still need you and your child wouldn’t want this. She explains that some people worry that “carrying on” is a betrayal of the child who has died, but this is not helpful … or true.