Not only are grandparents navigating their own grief, they also help carry the weight of their child’s grief while supporting the needs of the family their child has created.
Grief and Mental Health
Since perinatal loss has negative impacts on parents, both psychologically and socially, it is imperative that medical professionals intervene as early in the carrying to term process as possible.
You may be wondering how to even begin the process of telling your children about the diagnosis affecting their baby brother or sister. Know that there is no perfect set of words when it comes to this experience.
It might be easy to assume that men are less emotional and more capable of compartmentalizing grief. While this may be true in some, it is important to not generalize and dismiss the very real emotional toll grief and loss have on men.
For many, this day is a reminder of the pain that accompanies infertility as well as pregnancy and infant loss.
Parents fare the best when they are fully informed and equipped to make the right decision for their family.
A trigger is something that initiates- or triggers- memories, emotions, or even flashbacks that bring you back, mentally and emotionally, to the moment of diagnosis, loss, or intense feelings of grief.
There is no guidebook for what it is like to leave the hospital with empty arms.
As grandparents, you face a unique and profound grief that starts the moment you learn of your grandchild’s diagnosis.
The type of support you need will vary based on your personal experience, grief, needs, and expectations.
While you might not be able to control the emotions you feel, you can control how you act as a result of them.
Self-care comes in many forms, and it looks different for every person. It is not a sign of weakness nor is it a sign of forgetting and moving on.