Special needs grief in parenthood
Parents of children with special needs, do you struggle with recurring grief?
If so, check out my latest article at Chicago Special Parent about Chronic Sorrow. Here’s an excerpt:
The idea of chronic sorrow doesn’t sit well with me. I want closure. Isn’t it bad parenting to grieve a child standing right in front of us? We want the world to love and accept our children. If grief presents itself over and over in our lives, does that mean we love them less?
The answer is no.
Parenting a child with special needs involves a tightrope tension, an almost mystical dichotomy. I love my daughter more than breath, and yet sometimes I grieve, not who she is, never who she is.
I grieve the child Evangeline is not.
Read the rest of the article here. And I’m new at the magazine, so I’d love a like or a comment there if you don’t mind.
The article also highlights 10 tips for managing chronic sorrow.