Emotional Eating after Child Loss


woman holding a forkful of food
Filling the void with food -or- being unable to eat
Many grieving mothers find that they are unable to eat in the first few days and weeks after losing a child. After that they may find that they are unable to stop eating.

We simply cannot predict how we will react, but this is often how it goes.


I remember the massive amounts of food that appeared at our house after Katie died. The kindness of our neighbours, friends, co-workers, and even our dentist was incredible. Katie had been working at a local pizza joint, so the owners sent over more pizza than I had ever seen in my life. There was food everywhere. Do you know how much I ate? None of it. Well, maybe a cookie or two. I'm a bit embarrassed to say that when everyone went home after the funeral, we packaged up 90% of the food and flowers and sent them to the food bank.