Isolation and loneliness after a miscarriage

Grief and Loss Specialist Claire Chew Gillenson, MA, shares advice for women on how to best overcome feelings of loneliness that are common after a miscarriage
Overcoming Feelings of Isolation and Loneliness After A Miscarriage
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Isolation and loneliness after a miscarriage

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It is normal to feel like you are isolated and alone after a miscarriage. It is normal to feel like that. Your friends don´t understand and no one is going to understand it exactly because your unique journey is yours alone. However, there are ways in which you can get support. Oftentimes, people say the most well meaning thing that comes out the wrong way. And then your feelings get hurt and you go oh God, they don´t understand. But what you can do is notice that your friends and family are well meaning. They have their best intentions at heart and they love and care about it. And if you can really see that, then you can kind of give them cues on what it is you need. So even if they say inappropriate things that you might not want to hear, one of the things you can say is I really hear and I can see how you can say that. What would really support me is X, Y, and Z? Or even if they don´t know what to say and you sense that, you can say I know you don´t know what to say and I just really need a hug right now. I think some of the times when we can just really be honest to what we are feeling and use that as a foundation, then it creates kind of like a format for dialog. And then kind of all the white elephants in the room and all the tension in the room kind of goes away and you are able to kind of have that connection of love between the two of you and get what you need.
PREGNANCY, Miscarriage and Loss

Grief and Loss Specialist Claire Chew Gillenson, MA, shares advice for women on how to best overcome feelings of loneliness that are common after a miscarriage

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Claire Chew, MA

Grief & Loss Specialist

Claire Chew is a Life Transformation/Grief Coach based in Los Angeles, serving clients locally in Southern California and globally via Skype. Her work has been featured in Marie Claire, InStyle, Martha Stewart's Living, Body + Soul, and on Good Morning America. Claire brings an integrative approach to her life coaching, melding Eastern and Western philosophies with a focus on the whole of our being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Her proven methods help empower individuals to create their own joy and happiness while moving through life transitions. Claire specializes in grief that is not part of mainstream conversations: pet loss, miscarriage, pregnancy loss, suicide and recovery. A published author, speaker and educator, she is the founder of Luxepets.


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