You're heartbroken and devastated. Your heart breaks for your child who is suffering the loss of a loved one. The pain and feeling of hopelessness are overwhelming.
You're desperate to help your child heal, but you don't know how.
When grief overtakes your family, you want others around you who understand. Thank goodness for grief support groups.
But you need more than understanding when it comes to parenting broken-hearted children to live whole, happy, hopeful lives after loss shatters childhood innocence. You need guidance.
Life lies ahead—not the life you expected—and you don't know how to do it. It can never be what you wanted for your child.
Supportive friends and family can go back to life as usual, but nothing can ever be the same for you again. Grief filters into every day. You wonder . . .
Can there be anything good about grief?
This is where the Good Grief Parenting Approach comes in. To answer that question, the short answer is "Yes."
Going through grief is actually how we are meant to heal. Grief is the normal and natural response to loss. No one can avoid it or simply "get over it," no matter what people say.
But it's possible to live well with grief and even grow through it.
The Good Grief Parenting Approach equips parents to help your bereaved child not only live well with grief, but also continue to learn and grow from grief experiences throughout their lifetime.
Good Grief Parenting provides the guidance, support, and tools you need so that your family can live well with grief and journey through healing into a future bright with possibilities and even joy.
With Good Grief Parenting you will learn healthy ways to cope with grief in daily living so that you and your childen can move forward in the remaking of the rest of your lives.
Good Grief Parenting helps you . . .
Understand the truth and misconceptions about grief.
Recognize and acknowledge your child's unique needs.
Nurture your child's healing and sense of self.
Learn the difference between moving on and moving forward while holding your loved one's memory.
Learn healthy ways for you and your child to grieve and honor the memory of your loved one.
Discover your own heart-led wisdom and the confidence to advocate for your family's needs.
Gain life skills that will equip your child and yourself to face inevitable losses and manage difficult emotions well.
Take care of yourself while taking care of your child.
Create a hope-filled family environment with possibilities that lead to wholeness and thriving beyond loss.
With Good Grief Parenting you will give the gift of good grief to your children for a lifetime. You will stop wondering whether you and your child can be okay and believe that you will be.
I'm glad you found me! I've been where you are.
Now, as a parent coach, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, and founder of Good Grief Parenting, I help families heal after loss and remake life when hopes and dreams have been stolen by the death of a child or parent.
My heart's desire is to provide support and tools with a powerful approach for parenting amidst circumstances you never imagined your family facing. I offer coaching and a community of parents who understand what you are experiencing. Take just 20 minutes on the phone with me to discover how your family can thrive after your heartbreaking loss.
Equipped with the Good Grief Parenting Approach you will be confident that you are helping your bereaved child grieve well and hopeful about a future for your family that is bright with possibilities and even joy.
The family that experiences the death of a child or parent must navigate a new "normal" that others around them cannot comprehend. One-on-one coaching with Michele establishes a foundation to support your family's unique needs in a world that often does not validate grief and its lifelong impact.
The Heart of Good Grief Parenting group coaching program connects parents who are on a similar path in mutual discovery and support. Good Grief Parenting gives parents permission, encouragement, guidance and tools to tune into your heart and tap into your own wisdom. Equipped with the 4 Keys you will confidently parent your young bereaved children to live well the rest of their lives.
When your child dies leaving a sibling to grieve, your heart is twice broken. Your child has died, and your living child's life will never be the same. Her sense of who she is and where she fits into the world has been shattered. Comforting and parenting your child in the face of this unspeakable new reality while bearing your own grief can seem an overwhelming challenge that other parents simply cannot understand.
Siblings by Heart addresses an area neglected in parenting education—the special needs of a young child growing up without a sibling who has died. Parents will learn heart-led ways to honor and nurture the unique relationship of Siblings by Heart and to restore your living child's sense of self and a hopeful future.
Well-meaning adults who want to help children deal with loss often unintentionally pass along unhelpful beliefs about loss and grief that get in the way of healthy grieving. Essential Messages and Helping Children Deal With Loss® are two programs designed to help caring adults discover guidelines to help children learn healthy responses to grief and effective ways of dealing with loss.
A program of The Grief Recovery Institute, Helping Children Deal With Loss® is based on the book When Children Grieve that identifies six myths about dealing with grief and replaces them with practical and helpful guidance.
The goal is not for children simply to survive grief, but for them to learn lifelong tools that will help them thrive with it.
Because children don't mourn the same way adults do, their grief is often invisible. They often don't cry, and they may appear to be unaffected.
Inside, they're confused and scared and don't know what to expect, although they may never express those feelings.
Society's idea that people prefer to grieve alone is especially hard on children. The grief they feel goes unnoticed, and often those close to them don't bring up the loss for fear of reminding or upsetting them.
Children want to be able to talk about their loss. They need for others to be honest with them about their own feelings.
All children need care, continuity and connection. That is especially true for bereaved children experiencing the disruption that happens with the loss of a loved one.
Good Grief Parenting validates and supports those three needs (care, continuity and connection), helping both your child and you through the ongoing grief process to remake a meaning-full life beyond loss.
Ready to get to Good Grief? Schedule a free 20-minute call with Michele.
I help families heal and move forward through grief after the death of their loved one. With the Good Grief Parenting Approach parents get in touch with their parenting wisdom so they can be confident that they are helping their bereaved young child grieve well and can be hopeful about a future for their family bright with possibilities and even joy.
You turned my mourning to dancing and my sorrow to joy. Psalm 30:11
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