Grief: as a widow myself, I have experienced first hand the impact of losing a love one. Everyone experiences the stages of grief differently which can create a lot of difficulties in family relationships. Even when you think you’re doing better, there may be trigger events such as birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays that bring all these emotions back. The emotions of grief can be very complicated since many times there were unresolved issues between you and the deceased. Building a new life after the death of a love one is possible, if you have someone experienced in this area to build the skills needed in order to face all the ups and downs of this difficult journey.
Children’s grief: explaining the death of a loved one to a child is not a task that any parent wants to ever face. This was the hardest part for me. Not every child is at the same developmental stage and understands the same. How much information should be shared? How do I handle questions that I’m not ready to deal with myself? Should I cry in front of my child? Should he/she attend the funeral and/or burial? Should he/she attend therapy? The answers will not be the same for every child, even within the same family. I can help you and your child in this difficult time of your life.
Complicated grief: every death is difficult. Some times the way the person dies makes accepting his or her death even more difficult. Accidents, wrongful death cases, murder victims, death by suicide are at times even more difficult to accept when we don’t understand why things like that can possibly happen. We wonder if there is anything we overlooked or could have possibly done differently to change the outcome. I have been there and can help you heal and grow after this difficult loss.