Identity as a Parent
It’s another sort of loss.
Grief counselor Nancy Frumer Styron talks about the complex number of roles a parent takes on as they care for a child with a life-limiting illness, And how the roles change again when the child dies: for parents who have no other surviving children, "Am I still a parent?" "Now I am a bereaved parent -- a club no one wants to belong to." A bereaved mom talks about her identity after her son's death and about how that identity is forever changed.
Everyone has their stuff.
A mom talks about how normal it is that she should care for her child who is so medically complicated and is dying. "For me it became our new normal." She shares that it also takes a toll and how she's tired, irritable, and isn't yet the changed, patient parent that people think she must be.
I’ve learned …
Parents of a son with multiple progressive disorders, who is now 18, talk about what they’ve learned about themselves over the years in caring for their son and keeping it together through the very difficult times. The mom shares how she has come to embrace the world that she has gotten to know.