Parenting through the loss of a spouse

Amy Luster, MA, MFT, Psychotherapist, shares advice for parents who have lost a spouse on how to balance the grieving process while still caring for your kids
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Parenting through the loss of a spouse

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For a parent who is grieving and yet still needs to parent their other child, some things that might be helpful to know is that it is normal for you to feel a sense of numbness, to feel like you are just going through the motions in caring for your other children. You might feel as though it's just too much to take care of your other kids, but at the same time know, that in caring for them this will keep you going. Know that everybody grieves along their own time table, and there is no right way to go through the grieving process. When you are ready, reestablish the role or routine that you have with your family. This will help to provide some structure, but be prepared to make exceptions to this routine. Be willing to ask for outside help or seek support through peer support groups, or talking with others who have gone through a similar experience.

Amy Luster, MA, MFT, Psychotherapist, shares advice for parents who have lost a spouse on how to balance the grieving process while still caring for your kids

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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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