Coping with the death of a young child

Psychotherapist Amy Luster, MA, MFT, shares advice for parents who have lost a child on the best way to overcome the difficult grief process and sense of isolation that is common after losing a child
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Coping with the death of a young child

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For parents who are coming to terms with the death of their young baby or toddler or preschooler, know that this grief process will take a long time. There is no timetable for this experience. Be patient with yourself. Realize that it’s normal to feel a sense of isolation from others. Take measures to get support for yourself by either talking to others who have gone through this type of experience, or looking for a support group in your area. You might find yourself to be tremendously comforted by others who understand. Avoid the tendency to have a lot of guilt, or blame, or engage in ‘if only’ thinking. This is all normal, however, it doesn’t help in the long-term process of overcoming. And be as patient and as loving as you can towards yourself and the rest of your family. With time, things will start to get a little bit easier.

Psychotherapist Amy Luster, MA, MFT, shares advice for parents who have lost a child on the best way to overcome the difficult grief process and sense of isolation that is common after losing a child

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Amy Luster, MA, MFT

Psychotherapist

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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