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5 Ways for Grieving Mothers to Keep Going after Child Loss

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You never move on...but you can find your way

The worst words for a grieving mother to hear after the loss of a child are: "it's time to move on."

I choose to believe that everyone has the best intentions, but this sentiment makes me want to scream. There is no time limit on grief. In fact the only guarantee that comes with grief is that it will be with you forever. And moving on? Nope. Never. I am choosing to move forward on my own schedule and at my own pace, but I will never move on without Katie.

I don't have to explain this to you. If you are reading this, you have heard all the cliches and aggravating myths and advice about child loss. What I do believe is that we can move forward with our child's spirit in our heart...when we are ready.

One day, I realized I didn't have to leave her behind. I had experienced several spiritual encounters with my daughter, so I knew that she was only gone in the physical sense.

Making the decision to live again wasn't easy. I still have panic attacks and fall back into the depths of grief, but I have found ways to move forward and I would like to share them with you:

1. Release the guilt. There was absolutely nothing you could do to stop your child from dying. NOTHING. As human beings we do not have the ability to control those things. I know that we would all have saved our children if we were able. Know that you did everything you could at the time with the information that you had, regardless of how your child died. You cannot begin to find your footing until you acknowledge that this was not your fault.

2. Honour and celebrate your child. Doing things in memory of your child helps ensure that they will always be remembered and helps us heal too. I love to do things in Katie's memory. I call it my therapy. I almost always have a project on the go. The sky is the limit when it comes to ideas, but here are a few: planting a tree, placing a bench in a meaningful spot, writing a poem, creating a memory box, or donating to organizations in their memory.

3. Allow grief to ebb and flow. Grief lasts a lifetime and although it does change it never goes away. You will continue to have rotten days, but you will also have 'ok' days, and even some good days as time goes by. In time, you will notice that the rotten days don't happen quite so often, but when they do let them come. Lean into those feelings and honour them. We grieve deeply because we loved deeply.

4. Connect with other moms or families that have experienced child loss. I call them Angel Moms. Not only are they the mom of an angel, but I believe they are angels too. No one understands your pain and the journey through grief like another mom. You can say anything, cry or laugh, share stories and always, always feel supported. Thanks to the internet and social media you don't even have to leave your house to get support. You can connect with other grieving moms via Zoom in my Angel Moms VIP Community grief program, for example. Just make sure that which ever group or program you choose, that it lifts you up and doesn't drag you further into the darkness.

5. Find new and different ways to connect with your child's spirit. We all were born with intuition even if we don't think we have that ability. If you've experienced a gut feeling about something, you have intuition. That intuition is what helps us connect with spirit. One way to open our intuition up is with daily meditation. It's really just sitting quietly. It gives spirit the chance to communicate with us when we are quiet. Any psychic or medium will tell you that silence and meditation are the two best ways to create a connection with spirit. Give it a try!

There is no timeline. Living with grief and deciding to move forward is something that comes with time, when YOU are ready.

Take your time, Mama. I will walk with you when you are ready.

XO Lisa

PS: If you are looking for ways to honour your child on their birthday, "angel anniversary", and all the other special days of the year, this free resource has over 80 ideas. You can request it HERE.

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