This month the topic of our blog will focus on acceptance.
Receiving a diagnosis for your child is a challenging time and we hope these posts help you in your journey.
Part of coming to terms with your child’s diagnosis will be engaging with the grief process. You may find yourself going through several different phases as you deal with the news you have heard, there is no right or wrong way to grieve, but knowing what to expect can be helpful. Within grief, you might expect to experience all or some of the following;
Immediately after the diagnosis you may feel stunned or confused. The reality of the diagnosis may be so overwhelming that you're not ready to accept it or you initially ignore it. You may also question the diagnosis or search for another doctor who will tell you something different.
Sadness or Grief
Many parents must mourn some of the hopes and dreams they held for their child before they can move on. There will probably be many times when you feel extremely sad. Friends may refer to this as being “depressed,” which can sound frightening.
There is, however, a difference between sadness and depression. Depression often stands in the way of moving forward. Allowing yourself to feel sadness can help you grow. You have every right to feel sad and to express it in ways that are comfortable. Crying can help release some of the tension that builds up when you try to hold in sadness. A good cry can get you over one hurdle and help you face the next.