Coping with parenting anxiety after a loss

Psychotherapist Amy Luster, MA, MFT, shares advice for parents who have lost a child on how to overcome the heightened sense of anxiety toward parenting the other children
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Coping with parenting anxiety after a loss

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After experiencing the loss of a child, it is very common for a parent to have a heightened sense of anxiety toward parenting their other children. Be patient with yourself. Parenting comes with many moments and experiences of anxiety normally, whether your infant has an incredibly high fever, your child’s nose bleed that seems like it’s never going to end, teaching your child street safety or awareness of the strangers. All of this is compounded after a parent has lost a child. Be aware of other areas where anxiety may be at work coming from your past loss, such as when a teacher lets a parent know, perhaps their child is having trouble reading, or you compare your child to peers and think maybe there’s a delay in some manner with your child. Be aware if your feelings are colored from your past loss, or if this is just a normal stage of parenting. If you feel that this comes from your prior loss, take action to support yourself whether it’s reading books that will be helpful to you, talking with other parents who have gone through a similar loss, joining a support group or seeking a therapist who can provide support to you during these times.

Psychotherapist Amy Luster, MA, MFT, shares advice for parents who have lost a child on how to overcome the heightened sense of anxiety toward parenting the other children

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Amy Luster, MA, MFT

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Amy Luster, MA, is a psychotherapist and author. She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. She runs a group entitled, Parenting After a Loss which offers support, guidance, and education. Her emphasis is on assisting parents who have experienced a child-bearing loss whether from ongoing infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a baby. Her goal is to help families function in a healthy, satisfying way despite their past loss. Amy, her husband and their four children live in Santa Monica, CA. 

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