When a child dies, it is "the worst loss."
The death of a child shatters cherished hopes and dreams, leaving a family devastated with unimaginable grief. Parents suffer "the worst loss," but they are not the only ones who grieve.
Siblings grieve, too—even the very young. The young sibling's identity is shattered, now a sister or brother left to grow up without the other. When my 6-year-old son died, my 3 1/2-year-old daughter said, "Mommy, half of me is gone." No longer together physically, they are siblings by heart.
As a parent you are twice heartbroken, grieving not only for your child who died, but also for your child who lives. Life will never be as it was meant to be.
Yet few people think about what it's like for the sister or brother—or the child "like a sibling"—who lives after a child dies. They are unnoticed grievers, and the parents who love them are at a loss with no place to turn for help.
Do you wonder how you can possibly help to heal your grieving child's pain?
Or how you can give your child a whole and happy life in spite of the irreconcilable loss?
Working with me you will . . .
Grief is in two parts. The first is loss.
Hello! I'm Michele Benyo.
As a family educator, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® and life coach, I help parents help their children heal from grief and remake their lives when hopes and dreams have been stolen by loss. I offer hope for creating new dreams and for living joy beyond loss.
My heart's desire is to equip you with a powerful approach for parenting amidst circumstances you never imagined your family facing. You may be ready for this now—or you may need to first look more closely at your loss and work through your grief before you feel ready to move ahead to hope and new dreams. I can help you do that through The Grief Recovery Method program that I offer to individuals or groups. Learn more here.
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