- We won't "get over it."
- We need to say her name (his name) out loud and within regular conversation.
- Having another child will not "cure" our hurt.
- We don't need a solution from others, we need an ear, a hug, and an "I'm listening."
- Our child's things become powerful ways to connect to our child. We need to display pictures, toys, and blankets. We need symbols of our love for them, because we cannot kiss our child here anymore.
- We don't cry because of what you said, we cry because our child is dead.
- Tears are good, meant to be honored, and no tissue is necessary.
- We will always hurt, even when you see signs of healing.
- We come to love the pain, as we love our child.
- Our child's death is incomparable to any other death. Any sentence that begins with "At least . . . " should not be completed.
- Theocracy is not a comfort, but love is.
- We are not capable of knowing how to call if we need anything. Sometimes we don't know what we need. Call and offer.
- No-one knows how we feel. Now is not the time to connect with us by telling a "similar" story.
- "You know what might help . . ." implies that there is something wrong. Grief is an expression of love for our child, nothing is wrong with us when we grieve. It's natural and loving.
- What comforts you about the death of our child belongs to you. Share ONLY if we ask. We rarely ask.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
"Life Goes On, But Death Goes On Too"
This I read from Elizabeth McCracken's book, "An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination." This is one of those truths that bereaved parents (and other bereaved as well) discover immediately. McCracken's statement stuck with me and I continued to think about this truth and how we struggle to help others understand that: