dealing with bereavement
March 5, 2014 2:59 AM Subscribe
I am having trouble dealing with the loss of my parent. What did you do during a period of acute loss that helped you hang in?
posted by sockanalia to Human Relations (24 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
One of my parents died last week. I have a tiny baby. I am freaking out: chest pain, anxiety attacks, forgetting words like "table", unable to concentrate, worrying that all sorts of things are going to kill the baby, crying in public.
I have to plan the funeral and take care of the baby. I worry that the baby is being negatively affected by my mood. Plus I can't think straight half the time.
What can I do to cope? (I have a therapist, who, unfortuitously, is about to go on vacation. I've asked friends to babysit. And I'm trying to take care of myself physically -- eat well, sleep enough, etc.) Do you know any good books for this kind of situation? Does anybody ever go see two therapists simultaneously? Do you know of any other things, techniques, ideas that might be useful? I know loss is loss and hard things are hard, but I feel like for the kid's sake I have to keep my act together as much as possible. If you have any items or methods that've helped you in similar crises I'd love to hear them. Thanks.